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The Railroad Telegrapher 



Volume XXXVIII— 1921 



EDITORIAL. 

Abolishing a Public Rigrht 1393 

AboIiUon of Privilege, The 918 

Acknowledgrment," Mrs. FtankUn -K. 

Lane's 932 

Acknowledgment from Mrs. Rawlins. ...1047 

Arorns. Little 10 

A Few Don'ts 875 

After That The Soviet 801 

Ap-eementa Negotiated 1151 

Agreements Protected, Our. 771 

Agreements Terminate 520 

Always Helped Others? 556 

American Federation of Labor 776, 783 

An Ai>preciation 1282 

Another €!onvert 369 ' 

Another Talk About Our Newspaper 542 

Another Victory 248 

Anti Strike Laws at Work 1166 

An Unwise Demand ^ 920 

Xpp«a\ to Organized Labor 1308 

Approaching Struggle, The ,.... 872 

Arbitration Award Rejected 940 

Arkansas. Lawlessness In . .' 552 

Art, The Psychology of 374 

Aspect, The 365 

Assistance Incites Courage 126 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Rail- 
road 541, 932, 1068, 1287 

Attitude, Labors' 870 

Australian Railroad Notes 1073 

A Word in Season 1410 

Bank. Engineers' Co-Operative 122 

Banks. Labor 644 

Bank. Lab<Mr8' 667 

Bank, Our C6-Operatlve. ♦ . . .' 785 

Bank. Refiolotion of Convention 667 

Bankera on Strike 1070 

Beware of Judas Iscariots 669 

Black and Tans in Colorado 1399 

Board of Adjustment. Railway 124 

Board of Directors, Report of 653 

Bonus for Soldiers 926 

Brother McOotter Enters Political Arena 942 

Burke Defends Rail Workers 1294 

Burke. Hon. W. J.. Speaks 1173 

But a Conqueror He Is 1054 

O&nadlan Developments — 1152 

Canadian Labor Department 915 

Canadian Iiabor Will Refuse 8 

Canadian Roads SetUement 1297 

Can We Hope? 378 

Capital Again Pleading Poverty 125 

Car Shortage. The Railroad 909 



Changed to System Divisions 1050 

Chicago Meeting, Our 773 

Church Favors Highest Wage. The.. ... 942 

Citizenship, No Arbitration of 9 

Cloakmakers Renew Agreements 940 

Closed Shop, The.-- 923 

Coddling. No 553 

Conxmerclal Telegraphers, U. A., Con- 
vention 1053 

Co mVnerciar Telegraphers, U. A, Worthy 

Aims of 1052 

Commercial Telegraphers Meet 1277 

Commercial Telegraphers, Signal Victory 

For .' 925 

Commercial Telegraphers' Strike 1181 

Conference, An Inspirational 367 

Conference, The Washington 660 

Congratulations, Wo Extend 663 

Consumers' Etollar, The 664 

Continuous Bombardment 650 

Convention Notes 673. 67d 

Convention. Our 517 

Convention. 1924 676 

Co-Operatlon Requested 665 

Co-Operatlve Clubs 663 

Criminal Negligence 801 

Cummlns-Elsch Bill. The 1304 

Daily Press, The ii62 

Davis Warns Employers 668 

Debs' Resolution, The 657 

Devotion to Principles 545 

Disabled Soldiers, Care of 912, 915 

Disarm 1281 

Disarmament 1077 

Disarmament or Bust 792 

Disinherited Conqueror, The 1055 

Doroinion Trades and Labor Congress . . 665 

Eliminate the Graft 907 

Eliminate the Middle-Man 949 

Employers Want Films Censored 917 

E^stablish Wage Workers' Banks 802 

EtemaJ Question, The 367 

Eternal Vigilance 126, 798 

Expelled from O. R. T 1415 

Failure of the Open Shop 928 

Faith Opposes Fear 555 

Farmers Protest Rates 1186 

Fight on Yellow Fever 789 

Financial Experts 103T 

First Railroad Strike, The. 1808 

Ford Editorial, A 1408 

Forty-Four Hour Week, The 787 

Forward, Never Backward 667 

Pramers and Frameups 1044 



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FYaternal Compliment, A \... 926 

Pr4e Paper ' 549 

Free Press and FVee Speech 923 

Frisco Helps Out, The, 1049 

General Situation. The 1150 

German Workers* Academy 948 

Goldeil Prize, The 664 

Government Tax Receipts 947 

Grand Divlaion Session. The 666 

Grand Secretary Honored 1271 

Great Minds — Great Ideas 1401 

Halt Women Workers Exploitation, To.. 942 

Hand Made Unions ^ . . 6 66S 

Help North Dakota 1186 

Help Starving Russilins 1386 

HoouB-Pocus 1079 

Honor Roll : 1408 

Hour of Trouble, The 243 

Humanity 372 

Hyde Park Mass Meetingr, A 1071 

Hydro Electric^ Li^ht and Power 1172 

Increases In Food Prices 928 

Indianapolis Injunction 1269 

Industrial Courts 1389 

Industrial Justice 671 

In Father's Footsteps 246 

Insurance A^rainst Idleness 5 

Investiirate Investigating Committees 790 

In Whose Service 1888 

Is Famine Necessary? 1088 

la This Clear Enough? 373 

Johnson, President, Imi>roves 1400 

Johnson, President, Stricken 1310 

Johnston Protests 1081 

Joint Committee Reports 1068 

Judges and Law 1396 

Judges and Work 1279 

Judicial Veto, The 1416 

Jungle Code, The 648 

Justice for Workers 5 

Kansas Industrial Law, Opposition to... 946 

Kill the Capper Tincher Bill 933 

Labor. A Monument of 4 

Labor, Aspirations of 648 

Labor Board, Then and Now 1411 

Labor and the Church 933 

Labor Day Greeting, A 927 

Labor Department Suits Big Business. . .1061 

Labor Injunctions, Inequity of 946 

Labor Movement, The 550 

Labor Never Loses 6 

Labor Paper, Patronize 7 

Labor, Rights of 7 

Labor Spy. The 1189 

Labor Superior to Capital 241 

Labor Union, The 246 

LfiOce of Tears, The 549 

Law and Judgres, The 1039 

Law and Order 662 

Lehigh Valley Railroad "Union" De- 
feated 944 

Lie Direct. The "^ 874 



Lies and Dignity 1034 

Lincoln's Logic •, 6 

Little Difference 645 

Living Wage. A ,1284 

Local Divisions 666 

Look Out for Him 1800 

McCotter, Brother, ESnters Politictal 

Arena 942 

Maple Leafs Object 1182 

March Steadily Fy>rward 647 

Men of Labor, Onward! 921 

Message to All Members,' A*. 654 

Mexico's Advanced Labor Law;9 669 

Millions Taken From Roads ., 659 

Missouri & North Arkansas R. R., The. . 541 
Missouri & North Arkansas "Junked".. 929 

Missouri-Pacific Employes' Hospital 1298 

Modem Captain Kidds * 876 

Money the Root of All Evil 917 

Morale Wreckers 871 

Mutual Benefit Members 661 

Mystery of the Missing Ships 796 

"Natural" Law, So-Called -794 

New Attorney, A ". 790 

No Backward Steps. 241 

No Recurrence of Leprosy 911 

Nornuilcy 1149 

Of No Concern 4.0 Our Lawmakers 783 

On the Rocks 1188 

One Hundred Per Cent 369 

Open Shoppers Routed 1188 

O. R. T. Man Cartoonist 1062 

O. R. T. Veterans 1402 

Orders for Stylus 1291 

Organization Needed 6« 

Organize the Women Workers 946 

Others Getting Wise .1067 

Our Official Organ 908 

Our Speaker 654 

Outside Agitator 661 

Partners ., 871 

Pennsylvania Situation 1080 

Pennsy Defies Labor Board 775 

"Pennsy" Loses <ts Case %99 

Peoples' Legislative Service » * 984 

Pernicious Phrase, A 846 

Plumb, Glenn E 1056 

Political Blacklist. A 1190 

Political Change in Alberta 1078 

Premiers Coming to Washingrton 944 

Prepare for a Serious Problem 127 

Printers' School 1048 

Propaganda 1897 

Proving Themselves Prevaricators 1174 

"Public The". 1810 

IJublic Defender, The 243 

Public Ownership League, The 924 

Quitting Work When Growing Old 793 

Railroad Heads Differ 546 

Railroad "Information" .". 1041 

Railroad Operation 3 

Railroad Telegrapher, The 655 



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INDEX— Continued 



Railroads BSaniimlate Fi^areB. 1309 

RaUroads' Plea for Help of Farauers 1178 

Railway Board of Adjustment 124 

^ead and Act 240 

Read and Understand 1029 

Read, Think and Act ....>. .^.1274 

Report of Board "of Directors 663 

Resolution Adopted by A. P. of L> 784 

Revises Censorsblp 922 

Revolution and Democracy. 54t) 

Rirht Spirit. The 244 

Right to Strike, The 368 

Right to Strike/a Natural Right 1409 

Badderlees Ship, The 567 

Safe Standard, A. 551 

Says The Wall Street Journal »1177 

"Seeing Ghosts" 8 

Self Control 657 

Senator Newberry's Case 948 

Sbam Patriots 783 

Sitting on a Volcano 555 

Square Deal. A 37© 

Stand By the O. R. T 646 

Stand Pat ; 561 

Statistics Juirs:led .'. . . 789 

Sioi». Read and Think 3 

Stop Thief 1301 

Strike Averted 1266 

Byitem Divisions, Changed to 1050 

Tacoma's Union Creamery 947 

Talk for Yourselves. .' 1043 

Thanksgiving 1265 

The Truth of Railroad Profits 1404 

T^ere Are No "Open Shops" 943 

Three Big Days / 1184 

To End Wars 1035 

Trying to Settle Coal Strike 943 

Two Plans 366 

Two Thousand Years Ago 659 

Union Baby. A 1164 

Union Pbrever, The^. 242 

Tnionlsm Means Manhood 4 

Unionism Our Defense 1384 

Unions Here to Stay 242 

United Mine Workers' Convention 949 

United States Mail 901, 907 

United We Stand 666 

. Use Your Head 1046 

Velvet Glove Conceals* Iron F*ist 1051 

Wage Earners. Help Other. . t 244 

Wage Reductions. 121 

Wage Reduction. Ebctension of . * 774 

Wag^ Advanced Slowly 125 

Wages and Prises 1160. 1272 

Wages in 1890 and Now •. 1283 

Wages. Labor and Prices 1386 

Wages vs. Rates i>97 

Wake Up, Wage Earners. Wake Up! 900 

Wants More Power 791 

Washington Weekly, The. 656 

Watch Your Lawmakers 666 

We Are Prepared 556 

Wp Mu-st Be Alert 657 



Western Union Cuts 1163 

West Virginia, The Situation' in 1064 

What a Dollar Will Buy 920 

WTiat Labor Day Means , 9ii, 

When Courts Trifle With Liberty ^6 

Whitewashing the Ii\icts 1286 

Why Do Workmen Org^ize? 910 

Why Is Money Tight? 799 

Work of Labor Press, The 788 

World War on Islam, The 927 

Wrath to Come, The ; . ,1806 

Writers for the Press 1275 

Yellow Dog (55g 

Yesterday and Today 245 

.DECISIONS OF BOARD, INTERPRETA- 
TIONS AND APPUCATION OF 
SUPPi.EMENTS. 

Application of Decision, No. 2 11 

Application of Supplement No. 13 247 

Decision 119 524 

Decision 147 (Docket 353) 670 

Decision 221 (Docket 264) C. G. W. R. R. 941 
Decision No. 299 (Docket 845) Strikes. ..1413 
Decision 802 (Docket 364) O. R. T. vs. 

Denver Union Terminal Co 1420 

Interpretation No. 4 to Decision 119 771 

Los Angeles and Salt Lake R. R. Co. vs. 

Order of Railroad Telegraphers 1292 

Memorandum In Re Docket 845, on 

Threatened Strike 1411 

New York Central vs. Telegraphers 12 

P. R. R,, West, Telegraphers 13 

Southern R. R. vs.' Telegraphers 14 

BRIEFLETS. 

Briefs 16-31, 132-140, 249-57, 376-88, 

560-73, 677-92, 807-21, 950-66, 1084-97, 

1196-1212. 1312-32, 1422-41 

PERSONAL MENTION. 

Personal Mention 32-35. 141-48, 258-61, 

390-91, 574-76, 693-95. 823-25, 967-69, 

1098-1100. 1213-14, 1333-34, 1442-43 

LADIES' AUXILIARY. 

Ladies* Auxiliary.. .36-37. 144-145. 262-63, 
389. 578-79. «96-97. 826-27, 970-71. 

1101-03. 1215-17. 1335-37, 1444-47 

VIEWPOINT. 

VleuToInt ..42-48, 148-50. 266-73. 394-401. 
584-93. 702-05, 832-41. 976-89, 
1108-23 1222-38. 1342-50, 1452-64 

FRATERNAL. 

Fraternal 51-119. 151-235, 274-363. 404-503. 
594-650. 706-69. 842-83, 992-1026. 

1126-40. 1240-63. 13.'>2-80, 1465-97 



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INDEX— Continued 



PHOTOS. 

Anderson, J. W 526 

Bode, Joseph B '. 238 

Board of Directors: B. E. Nason, W. P. 
Iir Hutchinson, J. P. MlUer. O. E. Soy- 

ster, H. O. Alexander 530 

Brown, W. T 620 

Chadwick, John Walter 1164 

Deleerates: 

N. Y.. N. H. & H. R. R., Div. 29 at 

Savannah Convention 1148 

Philadelphia & Readings Ry. at Savan- 
nah Convention 770 

Chieagro, Burlington & Quincy R. R. at 

Savannah Convention 1882 

Lehierh Valley Railway at Savannah 

Convention 1264 

Southern Pacific Railway at Savannah 
Convention 1028 



Division No. 17, O. R. T., Savannah. Ga., 

May. 1921 896 

I>ermody, J. J '. 524 

Eddy, L. M 525 

Electrotype of letter, dated May 13, 

1886, concerning organization of 

O. R. T.— FYontlBpiece January 

issue. 

General Offices, O. R. T., Missouri State 

Life Bldff., St Louis 236 

Manlon. E. J., 618 

Meln, J. M 623 

Perham. H, B 629 

Pierson, Thos. M. 621 

Ramsay, D. G 628 

Rawlins, Charles Bernard 619 

Robertson, O. D 622 

Ross, Leonard J. 627 



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VoL XXXVIII JANUARY, 1921 No. 1 



1920—1921 

The egress of the year nineteen hundred and twenty and the ingress of 
the year nineteen hundred and twenty-one marks another milestone in the 
history of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers. Much could be written of the 
progress and accomplishments of this organization during the past twelve 
months were the chronicler of history possessed of the time and space to de- 
vote to this subject Briefly, we close our pages on the year nineteen hundred 
and twenty with a record contained therein which surpasses all records of the 
past for any yearly period in the history of our organization. Our member- 
ship has passed the eighty thousand mark ; our agreements are now operative 
on practically every railroad in the United States and Canada; our wages 
and working mles are more generally satisfactory than heretofore and our 
members are more alive to their interests than they were a year ago. All in 
all the year nineteen hundred and twenty has been a most satisfactory year to 
the Order of Bailroad Telegraphers. 

We take up our nineteen hundred and twenty-one duties with a confidence 
inspired. The fatore holds much for us. Let our motto be * * Duty well done, ' ' 
whether it be to ourselves, our organization, our employer, or our neighbor. 

We wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Tear. r^ i 

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LEANDER T. MURDAUGH, 

an officer of our Organization, having been called to the 
Great Beyond by the Creator of all life, it is our sad and 
painful duty to make this last record. 

Brother Murdaugh was elected Qeneral Chairman of the 
Mobile & Ohio General Committee, System Division No. 169, 
in 1915 and held that office until his untimely death on Jan- 
uary 5, 1921. 

Brother Murdaugh was bom March 20, 1883. He became 
a member of the Order of Bailroad Telegraphera on April 
4, 1904 J first holding membership in Illinois Central System 
Division No. 91 ; later transferring to St. Louis Local Division 
No. 2 and remaining with that Division until System Division 
No. 169 was established on the Mobile & Ohio Bailroad on 
June 30, 1915, at wjhich time he was elected to the office of 
General Chairman. Shortly after the institution of System 
Division No. 169 the Charter of this Division was changed to 
No. 24. 

Brother Murdaugh had been in ill health but a short 
time and his death comes as a great shock to his many friends- 
and members of our Organization who have known him so 
well for many years as an ardent worker in their midst and 
for the uplift of those he represented. 

The funeral services were held at his late home at Jackson, 
Tennessee, on Thursday, January 6, 1921. The burial serv- 
ices were conducted and the interment took place at Toone, 
Tennessee, the following day. The floral expressions of sym- 
pathy at the funeral attested to the regard and love in which 
he was held by his many associates. * 

Brother Murdaugh leaves a widow and one son to mourn 
his loss. 

The deepest sympathy of the officers and members of the 
Order of Bailroad Telegraphers is extended the widow and 
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The Eailroad TELEaftAPHER. 3 

Railroad Operation 

This is the record year of American railroad operation, according to 
a statement by Thos. DeWitt Cuyler, Chairman, Association of Railway 
Executives; who, in a review of the railroad situation for the year, states 
that "not only has a larger gross tonnage been moved than ever before, 
but new records have been established in the amount of transportation 
gotten out of each car. Even during the war year of 1918, the highest per- 
formance was 494 ton miles per car per day, while for August, 1920, the- 
average was 557 and for September and October 565.'' 

, Mr. Cuyler sets forth some interesting facts and figures tending to show 
the results of manufactured increased transportation capacity, whereby 
the expenditure of ^2,000,000,000 was avoided through increasing the effi- 
cient use of present facilities, and adds, **For this result, however, the 
railroad companies do not take sole credit. The help of shippers in promptly 
loading and unloading cars — using Sundays and holidays as well as week 
days — and the day-and-night, rain-or-shine work of hundreds of thousands 
of railroad employes in placing and removing those cars and in keeping 
them moving when once loaded, are gratefully appreciated. It is the 
earnest hope of the railroad companies that this will be a national object 
lesson in ihe value of co-operation, and vnll lead shippers, railroad em- 
ployes, railroad executives and the general publfc to pull together for an 
even better showing in 1921.*' 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers believes its members **did their 
bit" in the making of the ** record year" history, and we hope just as 
earnestly as the railroad companies for an eflfective co-operation of all 
parties at interest, to the end that each will receive its full measure of 
justice. 



Stop, Read and Think 

Some members accuse other members of carrying tales to the employers. 
This is not impossible. In some cases this has been proved. On the other 
hand, it is possible that too many of us talk about the business of the or- 
ganization on the street comer or other improper places. Are we all as 
careful as we should be? It is a poor policy to accuse some member of a 
thing we cannot prove. If some member tells tales out of school, it will not 
take long to detect th^ guilty party, who can be tried in accoi'dance with 
the laws of the organization. There is nothing more pleasing to a hostile 
employer than the knowledge that there is a feeling of distrust among 
mdon members. He can often work on these suspicions to the detriment 
of the entire organization. The employers as a rule do not talk^bout busi- 
ness matters on the street or in other public places. We should exercise 
as much caution as they do. The average member who talks about organ- 
ization affairs on the outside forgets the harm that may come of it. 

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4 The Railboad Telbgraphbr. 

A Monument of Labor 

Oiir Oovernment today preaches constantly the practice of thrift and 
economy — the systematic laying aside of part of one's earnings and invest- 
ing the samje in gilt edged securities. The rich men of today got their 
start by applying this method, and it is not only common sense, 4)ut it is 
good business judgment. Self-denitil of luxuries not essential to one's 
needs and comforts and the money saved in that manner safely invested so 
as to return a reasonable income will mean much to you today and in the 
future. 

No better portrayal of this thrift and saving habit could be displayed, 
than organized labor of Des Moines applying one day's pay toward the 
purchasing of a Labor Temple. 

How easy a 9niall sum could be put aside until the amount of a day's 
pay had accmnulated. Nq better investment could be made, the interest 
returned, in the form of better organization work — saving of rents. This 
eventually returns a two-fold dividend. Better halls, and the rent paid 
for meetings remains in the treasury of the Trades Assembly and that body 
retaining the interest acquired therefrom. 

This is in reality a pure and simple business proposition from any 
angle, common sense personified. . 

The temple will be the pride of every union man, and likewise it will 
be an incentive to those who are not aflBliated with a union at present to 
immediately join ranks with those who have such a monumental expose 
of the great trade union movement. 



Unionism Means Manhood 

Since trades unions entered the industrial field the standard of living 
has advanced steadily. Besides providing the worker with a means for 
increasing his wages, the unions have given him a voice in the determina- 
tion of conditions under which he shall work. 

When, through his union, the worker's toil has been placed upon a 
basis of a reasonable number of hours, he has gained a freer, happier, more 
intelligent life, a measure of time that may be devoted to rest, study and 
recreation. When, through his union and in association with his fellow 
workers, he goes to the employer and negotiates as to terms and conditions 
of employment he is able to write a distinguishing characteristic between 
himself and a piece of material. He exercises those qualities which distin- 
guish intelligent life from inert commodities. 

All this means that trade unions have put manhood into industry. They 
have given to workers the opportunity to exercise the power of selection, 
of discretion, of self -authority. Certainly an instrumentality that can pro- 
mote such development merits recognition from the public, which means 
both workers and employers. 

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The Bailroad Tbleqrapher. 5 

Justice for the Workers 

The past is gone forever. Autocracy and militarism are biiried with 
it The future is our immediate concern. Ignoring what has gone before 
except so far as the lessons taught, we shall build along the lines of reason, 
judgment and the experiences gained. 

Typifying democracy and its true spirit, the labor movements the 
world over, if they he true to themselves and to the best interests of the 
masses for which they speak, must recognize that democracy in its truest 
sense and act on the fundamental principles of justice, equity and 
humanity. 

All elements of society are necessary for the highest development and 
great progress in civilization, economically, socially and politically. 

The world's war brought to a triumphant conclusion has probably 
made the world safe for democracy on the i>olitical field. The mere ending 
of it, however, has not insured democracy and justice for the workers on 
the industrial field in any country. It has not materially changed work- 
ing and living conditions, but it has aroused fresh hope and quickened 
ai^irations and labor's ambitions. 

It has created the opportunity whereby the workers, regardless of 
abode, can, if functioning through trade unions, more readily, more freely 
and more effectively carry forward the work off securing justice and safe- 
guarding for labor a full measure of industrial democracy. It is the first 
duty of our trade union movement, and it should be that of the movement 
of other countries to see to it that this opportunity is not destroyed by 
diverting the minds of the workers or by delving into the alluring realms 
of practices and theories which experience and sound judgmicnt have 
proven to be false and destructive in their nature. 



Insurance Against Idleness 

Eight million British workers were insured against unemployment un- 
der the unemployment insurance act of 1920. 

The act extends compulsory insurance against unemployment to vir- 
tually all persons in receipt of remuneration not exceeding 250 pounds 
sterling a year. 

After a "waiting period" of three days of unemployment, beneficiaries 
become entitled to 15 shillings a week for men, 12 shillings for women, 7^4 
ahilling for boys under 18, and 6 shillings for girls under 18. 

To qualify for benefits an insured person must not quit his or her joj) 
without good cause and must not have been discharged for misconduct or 
have gone on strike. There must also be no refusal of a suitable job offered, 
and should a dispute arise on the question of ''suitability," the insured 
person may appeal to a court of referees. Not more than fifteen weeks' 
benefit may be drawn in any one insurance year. 

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6 Ths Hailboad Tblbgsaphsk. 

Lincoln's Logic 

Abraham Lincoln in his address to the Workmen's Association in 1864 
gave the kind of advice that it would be well for us to listen to today: 
**Prop^erty is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; is a positive good in 
the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become ri«h^ 
and hence is Just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not he 
who hath no house tear down the house of his neighbor; but rather let kim 
strive diligently to build one for himself, thus, by example, showing confi- 
dence that when his own is built it will stand undisturbed." 

A great deal of* strife can be avoided if the employers take a human 
interest in their employes. It would be wise for them to take as madi 
interest in their workers as they do in their patrons. If they applied the 
Golden Rule, there would be very little discontent. They should pay their 
employes a living wage. This wage ought to be sufficient to enable the 
worker to build himself a home, to educate his family, to bring up his chil- 
dren in the proper way, and to put something aside for his old age. 



Labor Never Loses 

It is impossible to kill the labor movement because it is a religion that 
is deep-rooted in every life of man on this planet, writes Editor Hoffman, 
of the Bakers' Journal. The workers in this industry have waged many 
gallant and successful fights against debasing conditions. 

True it is that the labor movement has had setbacks. But every move- 
ment having for its purpose the advancement of the cause of humcmity is 
halted now and again. And temporary defeats are not always without 
their compensation, since they enable us to better realize our shortcomings 
and set about correcting them. 

. This prompts us to say — paradoxical though it may seem — ^that labor 
never loses, but has even the ultimate victory. For, after all, immediate 
victories or defeats count little in the order of things; and whether they 
do or not, this one fact stands out unchallenged : The labor movement goes 
on winning, winning — in sunshine and in rain, in storm and in calm — all 
along the line. 

That is why we and other workers in the labor cause are never dis- 
couraged. That is why, when we are temporarily worsted in the one con- 
test, we lick our wounds, take stock of our position, remedy our shortcom- 
ings and come up smiling for the next assault. 

For we know that however much our enemies may assail the labor 
movement, however much its traitors may try to stab it in the back, it will 
continue to function for the good of humanity, because it is a living move- 
men, possessing both soul and spirit, and as such can never die. 

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The Bailroad Tblbqraphbil " 7 

The Rights of Labor 

In any consideration of the question, *'What has the worker a right 
to expect of industry!" we must assume general recognition and acceptance 
of the fundamental social right of labor — the right to an opportunity to 
work. Orderly society must afiEord opportunities of employment to its 
great constituent element, the workers, and that form of society which does 
not do this has something inherently wrong with it that must be corrected, 
either by unemployment insurance, or measures for the regularization of 
employment. 

Conceded this social right, the industrial rights of .the workers are 
elementary. 

1. The worker has a right to a living wage — a wage that will enable 
him to live and to support his family, according to American standards of 
living, in health and a reasonable degree of comfort. 

2. The worker has a right to a basic day as short as commensurate . 
with maximum eflSciency and maximum production. 

3. The worker has a right to recognition as a so-called part of indus- 
try, and, as the result of this recognition, entitled therefore to a voice in 
the control of industry and its operation. This embraces the right of the 
worker to organize and to bargain collectively with his employer through 
representatives of his own choosing, and his right to a share in the pro- 
ceeds of industry over and above his wage in proportion to his productive 
efficiency. 

These rights of the worker are predicated upon his being considered 
and treated as a social being. Labor is no longer regarded as a mere com- 
modity, to be dealt wieh on the basis of the law of supply and demand, to 
be exploited mercilessly, or to be exploited intelligently and patronizingly 
by self-appointed over-lords of industry. That industry which does not 
or cannot yield its workers a living wage is unsocial, and has no economic 
or ethical rigl^t to exist, and that industry which requires of its workers 
miduly long hours is destructive and may also be classed as iaimical to 
the best interest of society as a whole. — Wm. Jett Lauok. 



Patronize a Laboi* Paper 

Patronize a Labor Paper that will go down the line on a proposition 
that concerns the rights of labor to demand its own. 

During strikes, lockouts or injunctions, the conmiercial newspaper will 
give your grievance no voice, and the justice of your cause no publicity ; 
jrou can't hire space to publish any facts that may conflict with the inter- 
ests of their advertisers. 

If you speak at all, it will be through a Labor Paper. Stand by the 
ongan that stands by you when you are in distress and the power of wealth 
is arrayed ^against you. 

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8 Thb Bailboao Tblboraphbb. 

"Seeing Ghosts" 

A certain operating officer of one of the large Eastern' systenis, has 
been devoting much time and energy to the task of trying to establish 
that the leaders of Bailrosid Labor Organizations are endeavoring to fasten 
the '* Closed Shop" not only upon the railroads, but eventually upon the 
industries of the country. Nothing could be more absurd, because the 
Railroad Labor Organizations have always been opposed to a closed shop 
policy on^ railroads. 

Our present method of conducting membership solicitation has been 
too successful to warrant a • change to the closed shop idea. When an 
employe takes up membership in our organization, of his own volition, 
we know we have a loyal subject who believes in the principles and tenets 
of the organization and who will support them to the l^t extreme. And 
ninety-five per cent of the railroad employes are thus afl&liated ynth. the 
Qrganizations of their craft. 

Another bugaboo of the gentleman is the **One Big Union." Bail- 
road Labor Organizations are strictly trade unions. They originated in 
the respective trades and crafts and have always maintained their in- 
dividuality, and always will, unless some unlocked for catastrophe occurs 
to destroy them* entirely. 

We greatly fear the gentleman is ** Seeing Ghosts" and while it may 
ease his obsession to give vent to these fears, still he might secure better 
results for the railroads, employes and the public, if he would turn his 
enerf»^es towards effecting harmonious co-operation between employer and 
employe, rather than indulging in ridiculous charges that have no merit. 



Canadian Labor Will Refuse Wage"^ Reduction 

When Tom Moore, president of the Dominion Trades and Labor Con- 
gress, stated in a speech before the Canadian Club of Montreal that organ- 
ized labor in Canada woiild not submit to any reduction in swages, he was 
addressing an assembly consisting in great part of business men, many of 
them large employers of labor. His speech was greeted with marked ap- 
proval, and frequently aroused applause. Mr. Moore argued that although 
in some instances there might have been unusually generous advances in 
wages, perhaps beyond the necessities, in most trades such advances had 
not kept pace with the cost of living, so that organized labor was not pre- 
pared to consider any present talk of reduction. There had been much 
talk for increased production, but Mr. Moore argued that in most Canadian 
trades there had been no decline in individual production, while, if they 
wanted workers to try for increased production, wages should at least be 
fixed at a rate which would enable the worker to enjoy part of that which 
he had made, with reasonable certainty of employment and comfort of liv- 
ing for himself and his family. Wages, today, he said, had not reached 
such a pitch, while the certainty of employment was even less. * 

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The Bailboad Teleqbapheb. 9 

No Arbitration of Citizenship 

A. very grave situation exists on the Canadian National Railway as the 
result of an order issued by its president, D. B. Hanna. l%e order is as 
foUoTfs: 

''Under no circumstances can an employe continue as such with the 
Canadian National Railway and becomes a candidate for a legislature, pro- 
vincial or federal The moment he does so he automatically severs his con- 
nection with the railway." 

The first effect of the order was the dismissal from the service of 
General Secretary and Treasurer G. BL Palmer, of System Division No. 43, 
Order of Railroad Telegraphers. Two other employes from other depart- 
ments were also dismissed because these three members of recognized stand- 
ard railroad organizations had been elected members of Provincial Parlia- 
ments, which are of the same relative importance as our State Legislatures. 

Immediately after the dismissals were announced by the railroad, a 
conference of the representatives of all of the recognized standard railroad 
organizations met at Toronto. The conference resolved itself into a Co- 
oi>erative Committee and agreed upon a plan of action. The Co-operative 
Committee called upon President Hanna and requested that the obnoxious 
order be withdrawn, but its request was denied. He insisted that the 
order which he had issued was enforced on the State Railways in Australia, 
New Zealand, South Africa, British India, France, Belgium, Italy and other 
countries. 

Railroad labor, as represented by the Co-operative Committee, em- 
phatically stated to President Hanna that it could not and would not re- 
linquish the claim that laboring men have a right to aspire for and be 
elected to any position within the. gift of the citizens of Canada without 
loss of their jobs. 

That the Canadian laws might be fully complied with, the Co-operative 
Committee requested that a Board of Conciliation under the Industrial Dis- 
putes Act should be appointed. David Campbell, of Winnipeg, was named 
as the representative of the employes. 

In applying for a Conciliation Board under the Act, it must be under- 
stood that this was not to be construed to mean that the Co-operative 
Committee was willing to arbitrate the right of citizenship for employes on 
the Canadian National Railways. 

When the Conciliation Board has rendered its decision, all impediments 
will have been removed and further action will be taken promptly and 
forcibly by the Co-operative Committee that the rights of railroad workers 
shaU be maintained for all time. 

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The Railroad Telisorapheb. 

Little Acorns 

first writing lessons received in the ' ' LdtUe Bed School House ' ' 
I from Little Acorns Qrow. 

n, we looked upon it as simply something for us to imitate by 
lid not grasp its full significance. In later years, however, we 
a greater meaning than simply something for us to copy. We 
ssociate it from tree growing. 

e acorns from which The Order of Railroad Telegraphers 
ars in this issue as a frontispiece. For some months prior to 
of The Order of Railroad Telegraphers, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
6, there was much activity among the employes in the station, 
^raph service for an organization of the craft. 

written by Prank Case to J. T. Conners of Albany, N. Y., is 
i indicative of the desire for unity in the profession. The 
ent, which appears as the frontispiece, was furnished us by 
Dan Johnson of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. 

' look back over the years which have intervened since the gath- 
andf ul of lovers of freedom and democracy ; when we consider 
good and the wonderful growth ; how it has stood the storms 
ven a world war, we think every member will feel a little pride 
s taking to perpetuate The Order of Railroad Telegraphers. 



UTUAL BENEFIT DEPARTMENT BdXMBESS. 

Many members are sending us their personal checks to 
apply on their assessments in the Mutual Benefit Depart- 
ment, which is contrary to Article 24 of the Mutual Benefit 
Department laws. 

We are required to pay an exchange of ten cents on 
personal checks drawn on all points, except New York, Chi- 
cago, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis or Montreal (the Royal 
Bank of Canada). 

Hereafter all monies forwarded in pajnnent of Mutual 
Benefit Department assessments must be remitted by express 
or posi o£9ce money order, or by draft on either New York, 
Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis or Montreal (The 
Royal Bank of Canada). 



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The Bailboad Telbgbaphbb. 11 

Application of Decision No! 2 

Interpretatioiis to Decision No. 2 (Dockets 1, 2 and 3) of the United 
States Bailroad Labor Board, handed doTvn during the past month, are 
aa followB: 

Interpretation No. 8 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the Train- 
men and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, concerning the proper application 
of decision No. 2 to Shifter Brakemen. 

Interpretation No.* 9 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the Engi- 
neers and Firemen and the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, concerning 
the increasing of arbitrary rates or special allowances. The Board will 
give this question consideration at a later date. 

Interpretation No. 10 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the En- 
gineers and foremen and the Seaboard Air Line Railway, concerning the 
daily guarantee for passenger service. 

Interpretation No. 11 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the En- 
gineers and Firemen and the Seaboard Air Line Railway, concerning the 
daily minimum rates for engineers in passenger service. 

Interpretation No. 12 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the En- 
Cpneers and Kremen and the Seaboard Air Line Railway, concerning the 
increasiQg of arbitrary rates or special allowances. The Board will give 
tids question consideration at a later date. 

Interpretation No. 13 — ^Decides a question in dispute between the En- 
gineers and Firemen and the Northern Pacific Railway, concerning the 
guaranteed minimum daily rate in short turn-around passenger service. 

Interpretation No. 14 — Decides a question in dispute between the En- 
gineers and the Illinoisi Central Railroad, concerning the overtime rate for 
passenger engineers and the daily guarantee in passenger service. • 



1920 Index— The Railroad Telegrapher 



Believing that thousands of our members have occasion to refer to 
previous issues of our oflBcial organ, we are printing on pages 49 emd 50 
of this issue of the 1920 Index of The Railroad Telegrapher. 

It is hoped that this index will be of service to our members and assist 
them in readily finding the numerous articles which appeared in The Rail- 
road Telegraphsb during 1920. 

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The telegraphers' agreement which was In effect Angust 1, 1916, to October 1, 
1919, contained the following proyision^ 

"Regular assigned employes covered by this schedule, ^hen required to 
do extra work at other than their own office, will receiye the compensation 
applied to the position they fill with minimum of the overtime rate; also 
necessary expenses not exceeding $1.00 per day. Extra employee will only re- 
ceive the same rate of pay as applies to the position they fill." 
This rule was perpetuated in the agreement made effective October 1, 1919. 
It has always been and is still the understanding of the management that this 
article of the agreement applies in cases where regularly assigned employees are 
required to perform service away from their home station, but that a regularly assigned 
employe may be assigned temporarily to cover anofher shift in the same office, pro- 
vided his rate of pay is not reduced. 

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-ThB BaIL&OAD TELEOttAPHStL 13 

It is also the understanding of the management that Section \d). Article V, 
of Supplement No. 13, was not intended to apply in cases where an employe is re- 
quired to cover the shift of another employe in lieu of his own, but is intended 
to prerent the assignment of so-called "split-tricks." 

The management holds that a telegrapher may be assigned temporarily to cover 
the shift other than his own in the same office with payment at the higher pro rata 
rate inrohred for the straight time hours of the shift to which he is so assigned. 

• DECISION. 
This controversy is settled in paragraph (d), Article V, Supplement No. 13, and 
decision on Question 21, Interpretation No. 4 to Supplement No. 13 to General Order 
No. 27. 

The contention of the employes is sustained. 

RAILWAY BOARD OP ADJUSTMENT No. 8, • 

G. E. KiFP; Chairman. 



PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD, LINES WEST, VS. TELEGRAPHERS. 



DOCKET T-1083— O. R. T. PILE 97-673. 



Question-^-Classiflcatlon-Application of Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 
27 to agencies which were classed as small non-telegraph agencies in error, and at 
the time of issuance ot Addendum No. 2 were placed under the operation of Supple- 
ment No. 18 and paid in accordance with that supplement from the effective date of 
Addendum No. 2, Decemher 1, 1919. 

EMPLOYES* POSITION. 
Reference i^ made to paragraph (c). Article IV of Supplement No. 13. 
'Under the provisions of the article of exceptions, the railroad has debarred a 
large number of agents from participating in the increase granted by Supplement 
No. IS. claiming that they were small non-telegraph agents. This article provided an 
exception, but failed to define a small non-telegraph agent 

Addendum No. 2 has dearly defined a small non-telegraph agent in the follow- 
ing language: 

"^he small non-telegraph stations referred to are those at which t)&e em- 
ployes devote all their time to the duties of such positions, and which paid 
salaries ranging from $30.00 to $60.00 per month, both inclusive, as of Janu- 
ary 1, 1918, prior to the application of Qeneral Order No. 27, and exclusive of 
eonunissions and compensation for extra service, whether they are included in 
schedules or not** 

All of the agents in question received a salary in excess of $60.00 per month, prior 
to the ai^lication of General Order No. 27, and are entitled to the benefits accruing 
under Supplement No. 13 from the eCFective date of that supplement 

Hie action on the part of the railroad is also in violation of Question 36 and de- 
dsion thereon, Diterpretation No. 4 to Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 27. 

At the time of the implication of Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 27, 
tbie management contended that they had* the light under Article VIII to adjust sal- 
arSfts when in their opinion an unreasonably high rate was established, and it was 
nader this clause that a less rate than that granted by Supplment No. 13 was fixed. 
Tbe committee did not agree with the rate fixed. 

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14 Thk Railroad Tblegraphbh. 

(t is the claim of the committee representing telegrai»h, tower and station em- 
ployes on the Pennsylvania Railroad, Lines West, that Addendum No. 2 provides the 
class of agents who come within the scope of paragraph (c), Article lY of Sopple- 
ment No. 13, and that the employes in question, not being included in the definition, 
must necessarily come under the provisions of Supplement No. 13. Such being the 
case, they are entitled to the benefits accruing under the supplement, from the effec- 
tive date^ October 1, 1918, and request is hereby made that all employes working as 
non-telegraph agents, receiving a salary in excess of $60.00 p^ month, prior to the 
application of General Order No. 27, shall be paid under Supplement No. 13 for all 
time worked from the effective date of the supplement. 

RAILROAD'S POSITION. 

At the time Supplement No. 13 was applied, we considered as small non-telegraph 
agents all one-man agencies, except those who were required in the performance of 
their duties to do telegraphing, and monthly rates of pay commensurate with the duties 
and responsibilities of each individual agent were established. These monthly rates 
did not carry any overtime provisions. 

Addendum No. 2 to Supplement No. 13, dated December 10, 1919, however, gpe- 
ciflcally defined a small non-telegraph station, and wages and hours of service of such 
agencies were changed to conform therewith, effective December 1, 1919, as required 
by the addendum. At this time we also placed those small non-telegraph stat|pns 
paying salaries in excess of $60.00 per month as of January 1, 1918, under Supplement 
No. 13 and applied the overtime provisions of Article V of that supplement, making 
necessary adjustments to December 1, 1919, in accordance with paragraph (d) of 
Addendum No. 2. 

The agencies affected by Addendum No. 2 were excepted from the provisions of 
Supplement No.> 13 and the monthly rates that were fixed were high enough to ade- 
quately compensate the agents for the service performed. We do not find anything 
in Addendum No. 2 requiring that its rates be applied from the effective date of Sup- 
plement No. 13. 

DECISION. 

Elmployes in question whose rates of pay on January 1, 1918, prior to the applir 
cation of General Order No. 27 were in excess of |60.00 per month, shall be governed, 
rated and paid under the provisions of Supplement No. 13 retroactive to the effective 
date of that supplement, October 1, 1918. 

The contention of the employee is sustained. 

RAILWAY BOARD OP ADJUSTMENT No. 8. 

G. fi. B[ipp, Chairman. 



SOUTHERN RAILROAD VS. TELEGRAPHERS. 



DOCKET a'-1099— O. R. T. FILE 108-642. 



Question — Overtime — ^Agent at Walland, Tenn. 

EMPLOYES' POSITION. 

The agent at Walland, Tenn., is employed by the Southern Railroad system. The 
position is joint between that line and the Little River Railroad. The former road 
was under Federal control and the latter was not. The agent's pay is equally divided 
between the two railroads. Supplement No. 13 to (General Order No. 27 was ai^lied 
with respect to rates of pay only. The agent was assigned ten hours dally by the 
Southern Railroad, which would entitle him to two hours* overtime each day, for 
which settlement has never been made. 

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Thb Eailroad Telbgraphbb. 15 

It is the committee's opinion that no exception can be made in payment oi this 
OfTwtime, regardless of whether or not the service was made necessary by either or 
both of the railroads involved, and the fact that the Little River Railroad was not 
nnder Federal control does not, in the committee*^ opinion, permit ttie a^ent to be 
worked longer than the regular number of hours established by Supplement No. 13 
without pay established by the supplement. 

Reference is made to paragraphs (a) and (b), of Article V, Supplement No. 13 
to General Order No. 27. 

. The committee believes that Interpretation No. 6 to Supplement No. 13 to Gen- 
eral Order No. 27 was issued by the Director General for the purpose of clarifying 
conditions surrounding employment in Joint positions in order that a full applica- 
tion of Supplment No. 13 would be assured. We, therefore, believe the agent at 
Walland, Tenn., is entitled to pay at the overtime Irate for all services rendered in 
excess of eight hours, excluding meal hour, in accordance with overtime provision 
of Supplement No. 13. 

RAILROAD'S POSITION. 

The agent at Walland, Tenn., is a joint employe of the Southern Railroad and 
the Little River Railroad, the latter line not having been under Federal control. 
Bach of the lines in question carried this agent on their respective payrolls for their 
p^liportion of the total salary. paid hiuL The Southern Railroad increased their pro- 
portion of his salary in accordance with the provisions of Supplment No. 18 to Gen- 
eral Order No. 27, paying back time from the effective date of that supplement. The 
Little River Railroad increased their proportion of the salary in the same manner, 
Init declined to pay back time claimed due, amounting to approximately |40.00. In 
handling this care with our management, the telegraphers took the position that under 
Interpretation No. 6 to Supplement No. 13, the Southern Railroad was required to 
pay the amount of this back time, but in this we would not agree, as we were of 
the opinion that this interpretation was issued to cover only cases where lines un- 
der Federal control carried joint employes on their payrolls for the full amount 
of their salaries. 

This case was submitted to former Regional Director Winchell on December 16, 
1919, for decision, and his reply, under date of February 17, 1920, is quoted below: 
*1 submitted this matter to the Director, Division of Operation, who ad- 
visee tbat the correspondence has been submitted to the Division of Law, and 
they advise that as each railroad under the contract carried this agent on its 
payroll for its share of the salary, there is no way to compel the Little River 
Railroad to increase its proportion. Further, that as the Southern Railroad 
had paid only its proportion of such increased wages, it would not appear 
that any action is required from the Railroad Administration." 

DECISION. 
This controversy was settled by Interpretation No. 6 to Supplement No. 13 to 
General Order No. 27. 

ESmployes' contention is sustained. 

RAILWAY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT No. 3, 

G. E. Kipp,' Chairman. 



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Why not invest in an ** ANNU- 
AL"? A 1921 Certificate of Merit. 



Getting licked in a fight is not so 
bad. Getting licked without a fight 



IS worse. 



Success is not made by lying 
awake at night, but by keeping 
awake in the daytime. 



One thousand three hundred and 
seventy new members were initiated 
into the Order during the month oiE 
December. 



Twelve thousand and fifty new 
members were initiated into the Or- 
der during the year 1920. 



The union label insures stability 
in business because the principles it 
stands for are sound, endurable and 
fundamental. 



An English church magazine asks 
the church wardens to take care of 
all buttons found in the collection, as 
there is a button shortage. 



The union label signifies merit in 
the article — ^the merit of good, clean 
workmanship — as well as the princi- 
ples of fair play in the treatment of 
employes. 



The Canadian Pacific Railway has 
announced a reduction of 30 per cent 
in all railway fares between points 



in Canada. Fares \7ere incresaed 20 
per cent last September. ^ 



Excavation work has been begun 
on the new Labor Temple in Detroit, 
Mich. This is one of the cities on the 
war map of the open shoppers and 
union-busters. 



Street car motormen and conduc- 
tors in Buenos Aires receive $1.93% 
a day, while railroad workers' wages 
vary from $25.80 to $34.30 per 
month. 



Quit your knocking. > 
Come and go along; if you keep 
on knocking and you cause us to fail, 
you will never hold what you arc 
getting on the rail. 



** Teachers cannot serve society 
without adequate pay and demo- 
cratic working conditions, and it is 
inevitable that teachers should join 
the ranks of organized labor.*' 



All taxes on luxuries in Canada, 
excepting alcoholic liquors, confec- 
tinery and playing cards, have been 
abolished by the Dominion Govern- 
ment. 



Wage cuts among unorganized 
workers have become the winter 
fashion with employers. They hesi- 
tate, however, about plunging the 
knife into thfi hornets' nest of or- 
ganized labor. 

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Secretary of Labor Wilson an- 
nounces that an unemployment probe 
in industrial centers will be made by 
the Department of Labor. 



In Winnipeg, Canada, ten times as 
many dwellings have been erected 
during the first sil months of 1920 
as were erected during the same 
period of 1919. 



Australian agricultural workers 
are demanding a 60 per cent increase 
of wages and a 44-hour week, and 
their Union has declared no harvests 
will be gathered unless these de- 
mands are conceded. 



An electric train invented by the 
Russian engineer, Maklonin, has 
beaten the world's record for dis- 
tance. It covered the 150 versts from 
Petrograd to Moscow in about twelve 
hours without recharging. 



A poor education is a thing to be 
regretted ; but a poor character is far 
more lamentable. That a workman 
should be unable to read or write is 
deplorable, but that he should be an 
idler or a cheat is much ^worse. 



There is only one salvation for the 
working people in this or any other 
country, and that is organization. In 
the critical days to come the indus- 
tries which are the best organized 
win suffer th^ least. 



How times have changed. Samuel 
Gompers rode in an airplane to 
Bocbester to address a labor meeting. 
When the A. P. of L. was an infant 
its chief organizer, the late P. J. Mc- 
Ouire rode in a box car from Chi- 
cago to St Louis to organize a union. 



The Interstate Commerce Commis- 
sion has approved the action of the 
express companies in deciding to 
merge into one corporation under the 
name of the American Railway Ex- 
press Company. 



Lay aside part of your eamingsi 
to guard your welfare in the future 
when your productiveness is not so 
great. Even before that time a **nest 
egg'* may open the way to opportu- 
nity which would otherwise be 
closed. 



James A. Duncan, of Seattle, 
Wash., who has the special distinc- 
tion of registering a nay vote in op- 
position to the unanimous election 
of Samuel Gompers as president of 
the American Federation of Labor, 
failed to ^vin a seat in the lower 
House at Washington, D. C. 



Postmaster - General Burleson 
blames a thirty million dollar deficit 
in his department on wage increases 
and now he blames the postal em- 
ployes' union for defeating his rec- 
ommendation that rates on drop let- 
ters be reduced from 2 cents to 1 
cent. 



Miss Harriette Reid has been ap- 
pointed an arbitrator by the Illinois 
state industrial commission. She is 
the first woman in the state to hold 
such an ofl5ce. The appointee was 
connected with the United Mine 
Workers in important secretarial ca- 
pacities for several years. 



In the words of Theodore Roose- 
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ital to organize. It is tyranny to for- 
bid thie exercise of this right, just as 
it is tyranny to misuse the i>ower ac- 
quired by organization. The people 
of the United States do not believe 
in tyranny and do believe in co- op- 
eration. 



The Canadian government has or- 
dered that immigrants must possess 
$250 instead of $50, as formerly, m 
view of unemployment conditions. 
The order applies to mechanics, ar- 
tisans and laborers. It states that 
**a considerable amount of unem- 
ployment prevails in parts of Canada 
and the prospects for employment 
are not likely to improve during the 
next six months.*' 



The labor press has become in- 
dispensable to modem society in gen- 
eral, and to the working class in 
particular, and it will and must con- 
tinue the fight for social justice and 
real democracy, and even though its 
work is hard and results at first hand 
seem negligible the victories it has 
achieved in spite of the great oppo- 
sition are its own reward. 



The world has been built as we sec 
it today by co-operative effort. Not 
in a lifetime coiild one man build a 
big stone building, a great steel 
bridge, or a railroad running thou- 
sands of miles through the country ; 
yet, by individuals co-operating to- 
gether, all these things and a thou- 
sand more have been accomplished. 



organized labor and not against the 
League of Nations. Mr. Coolidge is 
one of those ** little Americans'* who 
shows his Americanism by boasting 
of the fact that his forbears **went 
ap against the Puritans" when 
America was in the making. 



A strike among the 8,000 organized 
rag pickers of New York against a 
wage reduction of 20 per cent is be- 
ing used by the employers as a means 
of bringing in negro strike break- 
ers. However, the negroes are more 
class-conscious than was anticipated 
and' not only refuse to scab but many 
have joined the ranks of the strikers 
as union men. 



Prices of canned goods will inevi- 
tably go higher, according to state- 
ments made by officials of the Tri- 
State Packers' Association, at its 
recent convention in Philadelphia. 
The retiring president said packers 
would not be able to continue in bus- 
iness unless there was an upward 
revision of prices. 



The establishment of the American 
Plan carries with it an inevitable re- 
duction in wages, and longer hours 
for work. What will you do about 
• it? Will you sit down and let this 
plan get by? Or will you fight to 
the bitter end to maintain your 
rights ? You had better do it now, for 
tomorrow will be too late. 



Our labor-hating Vice President- 
elect, Mr. Coolidge, says in the late 
election the people voted against 



The Canadian Air Board is estab- 
lishing a transcontinental ^ir route 
between Halifax and Vancouver, 
utilizing sea planes for the eastern 
portion of the route and land ma- 

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chines for the west. The line will 
offer passenger, express, mail and 
light freight services, and the jour- 
ney will be completed in 50 hours. 



Labor repre8en1;atives have always 
been consistent advocates of equal 
suffrage for women, and although 
this measure is now on the , statute 
books, there remains much to be 
done before equality, economically 
and before the law, is established. 
The attitude of labor on these ques- 
tions will at all times be found to 
be unequivocally in favor. 



Ernest Howard Crosby, president 
of the Social Reform Club, of New 
York, said that no wage earner is 
doing his full duty if he fails to 
identify his own interest with those 
of his fellowmcn. The obvious way 
to make common cause with them 
is to join a trade union, and thus 
secure a jwsition from which to 
strengthen organized labor and in- 
fluence it for the better. 



The Central Labor Union of Bos- 
ton has voted to admit all wage earn- 
ers, irrespective of A. P. of L. affilia- 
tion, to the courses offered by the 
trade union college which is con- 
trolled by it. One delegate said it 
would be foolish to restrict the bene- 
fits of the college, and cited the 
parallel of a labor paper, the read- 
ing of which unionists would not 
attempt to limit to organized work- 
ers. 



To WiUiwn Howard Taft is at- 
tributed the statement that time was 
when everybody who employed labor 
was opposed to the labor union, when 



it was regarded as a menace. That 
time, I am glad to say, has largely 
passed away, and the man today who 
opposes an organization of labor 
should be relegated to the last cen- 
tury. It has done marvels for labor 
and will doubtless do more. 



There is a conspiracy afoot in the 
United States against the entire 
workers of this great country. It is 
being worked by the United States 
Chamber of Commerce. .Were the 
workers conspiring to destroy the 
Capitalist Class as much as it is the 
reverse, then federal and state acts 
would be found with which to throw 
them into the penitentiary. 



In an address to business^ men in 
New York City, Julius Kruttschnitt 
of' the Southern Pacific Railroad 
Company urged the repeal of laws 
that limit the length of freight 
trains **and compel the employment 
of unnecessary men.'' 

The speaker wants things fixed so 
a train will be a couple of miles 
long with as few in the crew as 
possible. This, he says, will aid effi- 
ciency. 



Reluctance of consumers to report 
dishonest merchants using false 
weights and measures is largely re- 
sponsible for the continued fleecing 
of the public, says the New Jersey 
state sealer of weights and measures, 
in his annual report. He gives spe- 
cial attention to profiteering in ice 
and fraudulent practice of some 
packers in the use of unnecessarily 
large containers to attract purchas- 
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By a vote of 295 to 41 the House 
passed the Johnson immigration bill, 
as amended, to prohibit all immigra- 
tion for a period of one year. The 
bill originally called for a two-year 
prohibition. 

The bill now goes to the Senate, 
and predictions are made that it will 
meet with strong opposition in that 
body. 



Land ownership and the possibility 
of young men and women marrying 
and owning the land that they till 
represents one of the gravest social 
and economic questions which the 
nation has to deal, said Secretary of 
Agriculture Meredith in his annual 
report. 

I^his problem is yearly becoming 
more acute with the passing of the 
great public domain and with it our 
free lands. 



The members of Organized Labor 
who have entered the ranks during 
the past few years do not realize 
the full importance of the labor or- 
ganization for their protection. The 
zation, failing to give credit for the 
lack of enthusiasm for their organi- 
origin of their bounty, only consid- 
ering the present, and taking it for 
granted that such conditaons will 
continue, prevails in the ranks to- 
day. Old members should educate 
the new members. 




Employers in the state of Colorado 
will ask the legislature to pass a 
**can't-strike" law along the lines of 
the Kansas act. The position of these 
Colorado employers is logical First 
they demanded legislation that 
would prohibit strikes until a state 



commission investigated. The result 
is the present law. 

But this has not stopped strikes, 
and now they are forced to reveal 
their real purpose in ^eir demand 
that strikes be prohibited. 



All but eight states have adopted 
some form of mothers' pension, re- 
ports the .federal children's- bureau. 
These states have recognized the 
principle that children should not be 
taken from their mothers because 
of poverty alone, says the report. 

It is stated that while large grants 
have been made in some states the 
amount in general is far too small 
The increased cost of living has not 
been met and the purpose of the 
laws is not attained. 



The annual convention of the 
North Carolina state federation of 
labor instructed the legislative com- 
mittee to prepare a new compensa- 
tion bill. The present law has a 
"contributory negligence'' clause, 
which permits employers to take 
many cases to the courts. 

There were more than 400 dele- 
gates present and the convention was 
declared to be the most successful inJ 
the history of the North Carolint 
movement. President Moody ani 
Secretary Worley were re*electe( 
and High Point was chosen as th 
next convention city. 



The above declaration was adopter 
imanimously at the closing sessioi 
of the second semi-annual conferenc 
of teachers' unions of Eastern State 
held in New York aty. 

It was agreed that the teached 
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of $2,000 a year for all grades, and 
diat teachers of all grades should, 
as nearly as possible, ge^ the same 
compensation. This is a recognition 
of the principle that the work of the 
kindergarten teacher is as important 
88 that of the high school instruc- 
tor. 



G. J. Arnold^ a member of St. 
Louis Southwestern Railway Sys- 
tem Diviaion No. 27, has been elect- 
ed to the office of Treasurer of Scott 
County^ Missouri. The Railroad 
TelegrJpher and its readers ebttend 
congratulations. 



At a conference of government em- 
ployes' representatives it was decid- 
ed to ask Congress to favor higher 
annuities under the recently enacted 
civil service retirement law. It was 
declared that the present minimum 
of $420 a year is not enough for a 
man to live on. 



A parliamentary correspondent at 
Begina, Sask., said that the reason 
Premier Martin is annoyed at the 
success of the Non-Partisan League 
is because the government had been 
cOngratxdating itself that its policy 
exerted through certain official 
sources had been successful in keep- 
ing the farmers of Saskatchewan out 
of provincial politics. But — 
"The best laid schemes of mice and 
men 

Gang aft agley.'* 



Many of the men who watch the 
finances of business houses turn a 
portion of their surplus profits into a 
reserve fund (generally investing it 
in securities of a gilt-edge nature) 
>s a preoautionary measure toward 



meeting and overcoming any future 
financial emergencies that might be 
encountered. 

No one questions the logic of this, 
as every^ business house and each in- 
dividual is hoping, praying, and 
woi'king to put something away for 
a rainy day, when it may be needed. 

Do not overlook the imjwrtant 
fact that dues in the Order anfl as- 
sessments on certificates of member- 
ship in the Mutual Benefit Depart- 
hient for the present term, January 
1st to June 30th, are now due and 
payable. In order to avoid delin- 
quency they must be paid on or be- 
fore February 28th. There is no time 
like the present. Procrastination 
often spells disaster. 



Back in the beginning of the fif- 
teenth century, the Korean printer 
sat cross-legged in front of a 
**form'* and '* pulled proofs." And 
even in that far oflf day he useS 
metal type not so very different from 
the type used now. The strange Ori-. 
ental characters stood out from the 
upper surface of each piece of type, 
and the lower surface was curved 
so that it would cling firmly to the 
bed of beeswax into which it was 
sunk. The printer inked the type, 
laid the paper on it, and gently 
brushed the paper with a piece of 
felt. Thus he pulled proofs at the 
rate of 1,500 a day. 



There are two kinds of criticism — 
constructive and destructive. Of the 
two, the former is more conspicuous 
by its absence. Now, very few people 
will object to criticism that is hon- 
est, fair and consistent — that is, con- 
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one's work could be made better by 
a little change here or a slight a^ 
teration there, and the suggestions 
are made in a kindly spirit, the per- 
son so acting is entitled to all thanks. 

To form the constructive habit re- 
quires a real eflfort of the ^ ill. Dis- 
paragement or condemnation seems 
almost like second nature. 

If you don't believe this, try to 
talk constructively for a whole day. 



The Washington State Federation 
of Labor will establish a weekly la- 
bor paper in the near future. The re- 
cent political campaign has removed 
every doubt on the need for addi- 
tional education and publicity by 
organized labor. 

OflScials of the State Federation 
of Labor state that they will co-oper- 
ate with existing labor papers, and 
as the field is a wide one, there will 
be no competition except in the sense 
of rivalry to develop stronger publi- 
cations. 



Hereafter any laborer employed in 
the State, War or Navj* department 
building at Washington who talks to 
any one durmg his working hourg ex- 
cept regarding ofiicial business ^vill 
be penalized. The superintendent of 
the building formally notified work- 
ers employed there that they must 
confine their conversations entirely 
to ofiicial business, which **mu8t be 
proven to be oflBcial business in each 
case.'' The penalty for the first in- 
fraction of the rule was fixed as the 
loss of one day's pay, and for the 
subsequent offenses such pimishment 
as the circumstances warrant. 



Organization is simply the'pooling 
of sentiment/ patriotism, energy and 
infiuence of an intelligent and pro- 
gressive people whose interests are 
mutual with the purpose and view 
of upbuilding and dignifying the 
callings which they may represent. 
Every man must work for the other. 

No man today, under present con- 
ditions, can alone and unaided pro- 
tect himself against the many unjust 
demands made upon him, the unreas- 
onable conditions that encroach upon 
and surround him. 



Japan now owns and operates 
9,745.10 miles of railways, capital- 
ized at $692,685,000. These govern- 
ment lines carried 357,881,989 pas- 
sengers last year, hauled .59,903,957 
tons of goods and made a profit of 
$53,756,789, or 7.8 per cent, on the 
capital account. 

The railroads of Japan were first 
taken over by the government in 
1907, under the provisions of the 
Railway Nationalization Law of 
1906. Since then the government 
has steadily extended and improved 
the system until today it includes 
9,745 miles of track and accompany- 
ing equipment. 



Bitter denunciatioij of the Denver 
daily press because of its treatment 
of the street car men's strike in that 
city marked the convention proceed- 
ings of the state federation of labor. 
A strong agitation for a daily news- 
paper, controlled by organized labor, 
was developed. 

Resolutions condemning the non- 
union shop policy of the chamber of 
commerce of the United States were 

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approved and an assessment of $1 a 
month on all members to combat the 
non-union shop was recommended by 
a unanimous vote. 



Members of the Order are warned 
against investing their money in any- 
thing about which they know noth- 
ing. A few of the members of this 
organization are taking advantage of 
their division and certificate number 
in inducing persons to subscribe for 
stock in oil companies which they are 
promoting or in which they have an 
interest. The Order of Railroad 
Telegraphers takes this means of an- 
nouncing that none of these schemes 
or propK)sitions are indorsed or coun- 
tenanced by it. 



Arthur Henderson, secretary of 
the Labor Party, has stated that 
Premier Lloyd George is out to de- 
stroy the Labor Party, but the pre- 
mier timself characterized the state- 
ment as being "simply absurd." 

*'It is perfectly true," he adds, 
"that I 'am opposed to the extrem- 
ists in the Labor Party and that I am 
strongly opposed to the extremist 
proposals of some of their members ; 
for example, the suggestion to na- 
tionalize everything. That is a very 
different matter to being out to de- 
stroy the Labor Party. So far from 
that I am delighted to see the Labor 
Party seeking by constitutional 
means to achieve its legitimate 
aims." 



The injustice of the non-union 
shop i^dll no longer be tolerated by 
the Actors' Equity Association, if 
the views of a large number of these 
aetors, at a meeting in New York 



City, is the sentiment of the member- 
ship at large. 

It has been decided to submit to a 
referendum whether Equity members 
will appear on the same stage with 
non-Equity members. A union-shop 
decision will not Bpply to the Pro- 
ducing Managers' Association until 
1924, when an agreement with that 
orf3:anization expires. The union shop 
will, however, apply to unorganized 
theatrical managers. 



Establishment of a labo^ college in 
which prominent educators would 
give wage earners courses in indus- 
trial history, economics, political 
science and technical subjects is 
planned by the Minneapolis Trades 
and Labor Assembly. A committee 
has been appointed by the assembly 
to draft a program. 

It is proposed the scheme be 
financed and controlled by the un- 
ions. While the aim is not to pro- 
mote any particular doctrine or 
movement, special attention would 
be given to subjects likely to be of 
assistance to workers iu economic 
and political struggles. 



Govemmens are not things separ- 
ate and distinct from peoples. Govern- 
ments are peoples, and the stability, 
prosperity, intellectuality and Chris- 
tianity of the governments are cal- 
culated by the standards of the peo- 
ples. 

Organized labor is not revolution- 
ary. It is evolutionary. It is an 
institution that moves forward and 
not backward. It is an institution 
representative of the great over- 
whelming mass of the peoples of all 
nations of the world, whether all 
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not. It is An institution, neverthe- 
less, representing the workers, the 
producers, who constitute the great 
bulk of humankind. 

Anyone who says American citi- 
zens have no right to strike *'is talk- 
ing through his hat,'' says the Cin-* 
cinnati Post, which declares that 
strike opponents are ** creating bit- 
terness and disorganization and are 
playing into the hands of thfe bol- 
^'^ sheviki." 

"Whoever heard of President 
Wood of the American Woolen Com- 
pany being sent to jail for arbi- 
trarily shutting down his mills?*' 
asks the Post. ** Whoever heard of 
Judge Gary ,being arrested for speak- 
ing in favor of the 12-hour day? 

** We believe that men have a right 
to quit work, and we believe they 
have a right to talk about it." 



**The Silent Partner" suggests 
and prints the f ollo\Ndng : The world 
knows but little of failures, and* cares 
less. The world only watches the 
successes. Stop worrying over things 
that can't be helped, and go and do 
things that can be done. Few people 
care a continental for your failure. 
Few, if any, will help. You may sit 
and magnify your mistakes, mourn 
and go mad over your blunders, but 
men will only smile that cynical 
smile and say of you: **He's no 
good." Self-pity, sympathy-solicit- 
ing, wish and wailing, will only let 
you down lower. Brace up. Brush 
up. Think up. And you will get up. 
Think down. Look down. Act down 
And you will stay down. Paint your 
face with a smile. Advertise that 
you are a success. Then think and 
gwork for it. Whatever you think 
rou are is the price they will pay. 



The unions were necessary, even 
during the war, when working peo- 
ple 'found their labor in great' de- 
mand. They are still more impera- 
tive now, and they must keep their 
strength and grow. Otherwise we 
shall See a repetition of the old bad 
days when workers were utterly de- 
pendent upon their employers. 

There is great danger that the 
whole nation will be harmed by the 
campaign of a few groups of strong 
employers. To aim now at putting 
into greater subjection the workers 
in industry is blind and foolhardy. 
The radical movements and disturb- 
ances in Europe ought to hold a les- 
son for the employers of America. 
And the voice of the American peo- 
ple ought to be raised in the en- 
deavor to drive this lesson home. 



Trades unions have developed into 
most powerful factors in the indus- 
trial life of the nation. They have 
won their power in the face of the 
most aggressive and unscrupulous 
opposition. During the past few 
years their growth has been more 
marked than in any other period of 
our history. During the period of 
greatest national stress it was proved 
that they could be directed into 
paths of action which were most 
helpful to all the people. Their rec- 
ord for patriotic service was not sur- 
passed by any organization or body 
of men during the war. Their co- 
operation was as essential as was the 
successful working of military units 
for the country's defense. Yet there 
are men in high places today who 
are shouting **down with the un- 
ions." 

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When wages are increased it 
means better homes, food and cloth- 
ing for the worker and his family, 
and education for the children. 
When hours are shortened it means 
longer life, mental development, a 
little recreation and relief from dull 
monotony. These result in a highen 
standard of citizenship. 

The prosperity of an individual 
worker is nothing in this great hu- 
manizing, uplift movement, except 
where that individual takes advan- 
tage of his improved position to urge 
the cause of justice for the mass, to 
plead for a larger liberty, to protest 
against debasing working conditions 
—to demand that the jobs be bet- 
tered. 



Take the talk about reducing 
wages or the more high toned phrase 
"Deflation of Labor." How could 
they go about it to reduce wages if 
Union labeled goods were in such 
general demand as they could be if 
all union men and women had been 
true to their own cause — true to 
themselves and their own children? 
Obviously if the buyer demands Un- 
ion Label goods the manufacturer is 
in no position to reduce wages. 

Think this over. Do not be dis- 
couraged. We have done. much with 
the Union Label, but we could Have 
done vastly more had the members 
of organized labor realized their 
Powei as consumers and been faith- 
ful to their Union Label duty. It 
is the best little remedy for the open 
shop disease that has yet been pre- 
scribed. Labor Organized is strong, 
but Organized plus Union Label Con- 
^fomption is irresistible. 



Among the large numbe^' of three- 
letter radio telegraph calls for ship 
and shore stations throughout the 
world appear the following: 

BAG — Triangle Island, Canada. 

RED — ^Libau, Russia. 
,EAT— Teneriffe, Spain. 

LID — Faro, Recalad^, Argentina. 

WOP — ^American steamship Lake 
Elizabeth. 

OWL — Danish naval vessel T-7. 

IMP — Italian steamship Paraguay. 

KID — American steamship Matini- 
cock. 

MAD — ^British steamship Musi- 
cian. • 

PPEPP— Dutch steamer Anton 
Van Driel. 

PIE — Dutch steamer Simson. 

OPR — Belgian steamer Le Rapide. 

NUT — Alnerican steamer Rocket.'. 

JAY — Japanese steamer Anyo 
Maru. 

BUD — British steamer Wearwood. 

BUG — ^British steamer Norfolk 
Range. 

The alleged scarcity of coal last 
summer was a myth, according to 
Senator Calder, who is a member of 
the Senate's committee on recon- 
struction that is probing the coal in- 
dustry. 

**Our committee has found," said 
the senator, **that more coal was 
moved on American railroads during 
July, August and September last 
than ever before in the history of 
the country, and at the same time 
a panic over shortage was created." 

Senator Calder 's statement is in- 
teresting in view of the claims made 
by coal owners and the public press, 
who alleged that a car shortage, 
strikes and refusal of the miners to 
do *'an honest day's work," caused 
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.George G. Halcrow, M. P. P. for 
East Hamilton, was elected as house 
leader of the labor group in the 
Ontario legislature by the Labor 
members of the legislature and the 
provincial executive of the inde- 
pendent labor party. The action does 
not mean that a split between the 
farmer and labor groups in the leg- 
islature has occurred, accordinig to 

^ a prominent member of the confer- 
ence. It is . intended to have the 
group well organized at the next 
session, so that any difference of 
opinion which may arise between la- 
bor and U. P. 0. interests will be 
acted in the government caucuses, 
not on the floor of the house, where 

^the U. P. 0, Labor coalition will pre- 
sent an unbroken front. 



The recent announcement by of- 
ficials of the Boot and Shoe Workers' 
Union that wage reductions would be 
resisted, and that manufacturers 
have other ways to economize, recalls 
a report on the pr|pe of shoes made 
last year by the federal trade com- 
mission. In a report to Congress the 
commission stated that the larger 
packers control the hide supply and 
have taken exclusive profits and 
passed increased costs to subsequent 
steps in manufacture and distribu- 
tion; that the tanner has taken ex- 
ceptional profits; that the manufac- 
turer of shoes has taken unusual 
margins and that the price charged 
by the retailer is not justifiable, each 
factor in the industry adding to the 
burden he had to bear before he 
passed it on to the next. 



Wars have not ended, and it will 
be a ** continuing labor" to accom- 
plish that purpose, is the view ex- 
pressed by President Wilson in au- 
thorizing the American minister to 
Norway to accept the Noble peace 
prize on his behalf. 

"If there was but one such prize 
or if it were to be the last I could 
not, of course, accept it," said the 
president. '*Por mankind has not yet 
been rid of the unspeakable horror 
of war. I am convinced that our 
generation has, despite its wounds, 
made notable progress. But it is the 
better part of wisdom to consider 
our work 'as only begun. It will be 
a continuing labor. In the indefinite 
course of years before us there will 
be abundant opportunity for others 
to distinguish themselves in the cru- 
sade against hate and fear and war." 



School Life, issued by the federal 
board of education, says that while 
the expenditures for education in the 
United States are inadequate, this 
country is now paying annually for 
education as much, if not more, than 
the total paid for education by the 
people of all other countries ; that is, 
half the total expenditures for edu- 
cation, elementary, secondary and* 
higher, of the whole world, are made 
in the United States, which contains 
approximately one-seventeenth of the 
population of the world. 

''Since we in the United States," 
days School Life, **are just begin- 
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didst profitable investment, it may 
be expected that the total, if not 
the relative amount paid for educa- 
tion in this country will rapidly in- 
crease in the next few years." ' 



''An old account book has been 
unearthed showing prices paid by 
the owner of the book in 1843/' says 
the San Francisco Star. , 

"The figures given are such as to 
make one weep for the ' good ol days' 
make one week for the *good old 
days' — until one stmnbles on an item 
indicating the wages paid 78 years 
ago. A pair of shoes is entered at 
IL37, slippers at 62 cents, dozen eggs 
at 8 cents, coffee at 10 cents a pound, 
butter at 8 cents, cheese at 10 cents, 
luiuber at 1 cent a foot and chickens 
at 10 cents each. These were the 
days when a dollar was as big as a 
cartwheel in the matter of purchases. 
But the sad awakening comes when 
one reaches the entry: 'Credit for 
one day's work, 50 cents.' In '43 a 
day probably meant from 12 to 14 
hours." 



The Pacific Co-operative League 
opened its first Eochdale stor# on 
May 1st, 1917, alt Rodeo, California. 
This store started with 32 members. 
At the present time the league has 
35 co-operative stores in operation 
and is preparing to operate 20 more 
within a few months. In the year 
1918, but one store was started. In 
1919 six stores were started. Twenty- 
two were started in the year 1920. 

The present membership of the Pa- 
cific Co-operative League is 13,390. 
The average loan capital invested by 
these members in their stores is $50. 

Many of these stores, although 



young, have already paid dividends. 
Among them are Tucson (Arizona), 
and Atascadero, Fortuna, Richmond 
and Rodeo California). The lowest 
dividend paid was 3 per cent; the 
highest paid was one of 10 per cent. 



A labor college will open in 
Springfield, Mass. The classes in the 
Technical High School building will 
be under the direction of Amherst 
college faculty, the Holyoke and 
Springfield Central Labor Union and 
the locals of the railroad organiza- 
tions. They will be open to the work- 
ers of Springfield, Holyoke, Amherst 
and the surrounding cities and 
towns. 

The nine courses include current 
economic problems, state govern- 
ment, social psychology, practical 
English, social problems in litera- 
ture, mathematics, industrial psychol- 
ogy and community hygiene and san- 
itation. The classes will meet one 
evening each week. A nominal tui- 
tion fee will be charged as a guar* 
antee of good faith. 

Enrollment has begun and the re- 
sponse indicates broad interest in the 
undertaking. 



Judge Pendergast of Winnipeg 
handed down his judgment that the 
purposes of the International Unions 
and those of One Big Union are sep- 
arate and distinct, and that the 
property of the locals acquired by 
them as internationals, prior to the 
birth of the One Big Union, belong 
to the members loyal to the old or- 
ganization. In effect the judgment is 
that funds subscribed by members of 
an organization under a constitution 

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must be disbursed in terms of the 
rules of that constitution. 

The case upon which the judgment 
was rendered was that of one of the 
locals of the Carmen's branches rela- 
tive 'to the disposal of funds at the 
time of the breach in the raaks over 
the two organizations. The judgment 
is the first handed down in the vari- 
ous cases pending where the Inter- 
national Union locals joined the Otie 
Big Union during the period of the 
Winnipeg strike. 



The United States Senate commit- 
tee on reconstruction makes these 
recommendations to relieve the hous- 
ing shortage : 

''Amendment of the transporta- 
tion act to check issuance of ex parte 
orders by the Interstate Commerce 
Commission. 

** Abolition of the 'cost plus' con- 
tract system and . establishment by 
states and cities of trade schools for 
building apprentices. 

"Creation of a federal consulting 
bureau. 

"Revision of the tax system to en- 
courage investment in homes and to 
grant for a limited period tax ex- 
emption to real estate mortgages. 

"Broadening of the home loan 
bank biU, and consolidation of all 
federal thrift activities under the 
postal savings branch of the post of- 
fice department." 






Teach our children to think in 
terms of humanity instead of dollars 
and cents, was one of the recommen- 
dations of the central labor union's 
committee on education, at Everett, 
Wash. The committee also sug- 

sted: 



"That children in the sixth grade 
and up be taught true economics in 
regard to production of wealth. As, 
for instance, why the producers of 
wealth and those who feed and clothe 
the world, and fill all store houses 
with useful and luxurious things, 
have so* few of these products. 

"That as a patriotic duty each 
teacher should each day read part 
of the preamble and constitution of 
the United States, as this is the 
fundamental principle of our gov- 
ernment. 

"That we ask our teachers every- 
where to discourage militarism and 
war, as labor must fight, die, suffer, 
starve and pay all accrued debts 
while a few pile up immense wealth." 



"Unless there is a place where the 
immigrant fits into our industrial 
system as a producer, he will not 
only become a burden but will up- 
set our industrial equilibrium^" says 
the Milwaukee Journal. 

"Our oldest policies will not meet 
the immigration situation created 
by the war. However much America 
woutd like to remain the asylum of 
the oppressed of all nations, it must 
consider whether its endowment 
is large enough for an unlimited 
asylum. Unless the United States 
can absorb this multitude into its 
political and indi^strial life it is as-* 
suming a burden it cannot carry 
and it is injuring, not helping, the 
immigrant. 

"We know now that Americaniza- 
tion of the immigrant is absolutely 
necessary for our existence as a na- 
tion and we know that Americaniza- 
tion is more difficult than we sup- 
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posed. Hence the admission of the 
millions knocking at our doors now 
might create a situation serious in- 
deed in its possibilities/' 



Reports from India show that the 
first AU-India Trades Union Con- 
gress held at Bombay under the pres- 
idency of Lala Lajpat Ral was a 
great success. Lajpat Bal vigorously 
denounced *'the oppression, degrada- 
tion and injustices'* under which In- 
dians suffer, and coiitrasted with the 
mean wages paid by the government 
to the postal workers, the lavishness 
which English members of the In- 
dian CSvil Service are paid. He de- 
clared that Indians had come to the 
conclusion that they could place no 
more faith in British statesmanship 
and must rely upon themselves. 

Colonel and Mrs. Wedgwood were 
present at the Congress, and Colonel 
Wedgwood appealed for the forma- 
tion of well-organized trade unions 
and avoidance of wild and ill-pre- 
pared strikes. A resolution was car- 
ried condemning the attitude of the 
employers towards the Bombay 
§trikers, and a deputation was sent, 
to the governor of Bombay asking 
him to interfere. 

A permanent constitution for the 
Congress has still to be framed. A 
standing committee was appointed to 
manage its affairs meanwhile. 



A railway line and stock are diffi- 
cult things to steal, but according to 
a story even this theft has been ac- 
complished in the Rumanian Prov- 
ince of Transylvania, says a special 
cable from Vienna to the New York 
•Kmes. 



Last, week four men appeared at a 
little station called Gyula and in- 
formed the officials that that section 
of the line was to be disused and 
they had been sent by the State Rail- 
way Department to dismantle the 
track. Their uniforms and bearing 
quite overawed the local officials, and 
the work was proceeded with and 
the lines taken up and transported. 
The four uniformed men departed 
with the transport and the Gjoila 
railway officials were left without 
any line to control. 

'(Auspicious because of the contin- 
ued non-arrival of any orders from 
headquarters they telephoned to 
Bucharest and discovered they had 
been victims of a trick equal to that 
of the Captain of Koepenick. The 
bogus government representatives 
had no official connection of any sort 
but simply made off with their rich 
booty and the station master had to 
confess ruefully to his superiors that 
his railway had gone. 



Beattmont was one of the first 
cities in Texas to start the present 
non-union shop movement that em- 
ployee call **the American plan." 
Or^nized electricians were forced 
on the street, and their return to the 
shop of the largest contractor shows 
how the antis work. 

The firm informed the union that 
if it included its rules in a union 
contract and filed same with the 
firm, the firm would accept same, but 
could not sign it because of an agree- 
ment with the non-union crowd. 

The union complied with the re- 
quest, but before the men returned 
to work the non-unionists heard of 
the arrangement and notified the 

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turn the men 
ithout losing 
arm was also 
ure it would 
ag contracts. 

I on the un- 
ihis proposal : 

II the men to 
it 8 at the old 
linute after 8 
into effect a 

ile the antis 
aselves M^th 
iberty'* and 
jir own bus- 



lective bargaining. It recognizes 
collective bargaining as in the nature 
of * gentlemen's agreements' in con- 
tradistinction to legally and force- 
able contracts." 



ig cannot be 
cate|?ory as 
ause there is 
Secretary of 
Qnual rex)ort. 
lot agree and 
eady employ- 
earners con- 
ifled number. 
:ers included 
uld have no, 
they were ac- 
\ other p^rty 
lis discretion. 
) fairness in 
able at law. 
irgainings to 
would be to 
of them. 
Ilment to the 
faith of each 
their making 
e industrial 

[ared that the 
|;a3KlB for eol- 



The "open shop" term is a veil 
for concealing a dishonest scheme 
on the part of capitalists to prevent 
labor unions from functioning and to 
prevent collective bargaining," de- 
clared Dr. Joho A. Ryan, in an ad- 
dress before the Johns Hopkins social 
science club. The speaker flayed the 
tactics of those employers who have 
adopted the attitude that **the work- 
er must be put back where he be- 
longs." 

Dr. Ryan characterized the meth- 
ods of those (employers as **a move- 
ment for the oi)en shop plus," and 
'*plus," he contended, merely means 
coercing labor by economic fear, a 
method effective only in times of 
business depression. 

**A certain amount of industrial 
democracy is needed if we are to 
come nearer to industrial peace," 
said the speaker, who distinguisheld 
between this thought and govern- 
ment control of industries with 
bureaucratic management. 

''It is necessary to create genuine 
interest in the laborer's work," he 
said, **and it is gross stupidity for 
us to fail to develop the powers of 
the worker." 

Dr. Ryan emphasized that workers 
should be guaranteed the right of 
collective bargaining, with the privi- 
lege of calling in their champions 
from outside the plant in wkieh they 
maybe emplo^ed-^^^^^^g^^ 



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The following births hare been repoitp 
ed since the last Issue of the Teucg- 

RAPHIS: 

To Vice-President and Mrs. Leonard 
Jackson Ross, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. H. Head of Jack- 
son^, Mississippi, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. A. Peck of Flint, 
Michigan, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. B. Moore of Grant- 
ville, Ga., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Paul Mogren of Jud- 
son, Minn., ft girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. F. Reed of Mem- 
phis, Texas, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. N. Greene of 
Sausallto, California,- a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. L. Cessna of Ldver- 
more, Ky., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. R. Lemieux of 
Sherbrooke, Que., a boy. 

To Sister and Mr. Claude Taylor of 
Biwabik, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. C. Atwell of 
Bridgeport, Neb., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. E. Reynolds of 
Oketo, Kansas, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. R. Carbee of Ot- 
tumwa, Iowa, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. V. Tuomey of Ot- 
tumwa, Iowa, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. D. Lord of Atlanta, 
Ga., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. J. Fillinglm of 
Somerville, Mass., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. GlUaspy of Falls 
City, Neb., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. H. McWhirter of 
Kalamazoo, Michigan, twins. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Joseph E. Kennedy 
of Atherton, Indiana, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. E. Pennington of 
Oory, Illinois, a girl. 



To Bro. and Mrs. C. L. Pope of Fam- 
ham. Que., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. Beaumier of Farn- 
ham. Que., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R- S. Perrault of 
Farnham, Que., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. M. Maloney of 
Albom, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. S. Phllpott of 
Summitvllle, O., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. J. Sheehan of 
Woodard, N. Y., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. Derr of Wallls, 
Texas, a boy. ^ 



The following marriages hare been re- 
ported since the last issue of the Tei£o- 
rapheb: 

At Braxton, Miss., Sister Ulma Smith 
of Div. 64 and Mr. Harold Vance. 

At Vandalia, 111., Bro. Ralph S. Pryor 
of Div. 17 and Miss Ruby Smith. 

At Cairo, 111., Bro. Harry Snider of 
Div. 3 and Miss Pauline Rosenbarger. 

At Plymouth, Ind., Bro. C. E. Kerr of 
Div. 17 and Miss Grace L. Hardy. 

At Denton, Texas, Bro. Edwin T. Read 
and Sister Lala Cogsdell, both of Div. 88. 

At Chicago, 111., Bro. Belnard Ossowski 
of Div. 17 and Miss Elizabeth Steller. 

At Franklin. Minn., Bro. L. A. Berger 
of Div. 71 and Miss May me T. Wagner. 

At Shennington, Wis., Sister Gladys 
Conklin of Div. 76 and Mr. William Hazel- 
Une. 

At Eyota, Minn., Bro. V. K. Russell of 
Div. 76 and Miss Mildred Kinney. 

At Pemberville, Ohio, Bro. S. A. Bailey 
of Div. 173 and Miss Mildred Thompson. 

At Rushville. Mo., Bro. R. R. Field of 
Div. 37 and Miss Mabel Green. 

At Mystic. Ky., Sister M. E. Walte of 
Div.* 58 and Mr. Burfor 

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of Div. 4 and Miss Lucille Johnson. 

At Byron, N. Y., Bro. Chas. B. Wentz 
of Diy. 8 and Miss M. Stevens. 

At Rochester, N. Y., Sister V. N. Tll- 
toQ of DiT. 8 and Bro. V. L. Ailing of 
DlT. 124. 

At Dewej, Ind., Bro. E. J. Mercer of 
Div. 34 and Miss Helen Maurine Hendrlx. 

At Glendlyep Mont.» Sister Marvel E. 
Brown of Div. 54 and Mr. Barbour. 

At Glendive, Mont., Sister Ruby Miller 
of DlT. 54 and Mr. Pltzpatrick. 

At Belfield, N. D., Sister Laura Martin 
of Di?. 54 and Mr. McCutcheon, 

At Starrucca, Pa., Bro. C. D. Blauvelt 
^ Div. 42 and Miss Florence Larrabec, 
daughter of Local Chairman A. W. Larra- 
bee of Div. 42. 

At Rockford. 111., Bro. P. C. Hildebrand 
of DlT. 23 and Miss Ella Swlgert, 

At Hoepers, Iowa, Bro. A. J. Johnson 
and Sister A. C. Anderson, both 6t Div. 4. 

At Wascott, Wis., Bro. J. E. Goodwin 
ot Div. 4 and Miss Alice ConneU. 

At Rice Lake, Wis., Bro. A. H. Ber- 
schnlder of Dfv. 4 and Miss, Lena Heinz. 

At Yazoo City, Mass., daughter of Bro. 
J. 0. Hayes of Div. 86 and Mr. J. A. 
Banlwell, Jr. 

At Blackey, Ky., Sister Emma Steele 
of Div. 58 and Mr. J. E. Logdon. 

At Clarksvllle. M9., Sister Nellie B. 
Trlhey of Div. 37 and Mr. Middleton. 

At Hoopeston, 111., Sister Katie G. 
Leaverton of Div. 32 and Mr. Ardath 
Schwat 

At Erick. Okla., Bro. A. D. Morgan of 
Div. 35 and Mrs. Eunice Osborne. 

At Rougemont. Que., Bro. C. H. Bockus 
of Div. 7 and Miss Standish. 

At Magog. Que., Bro. P. Michaud of Div. 
7 and Miss Chamberland. 

At Wilpen, Minn., Bro. C. E. Rutter of 
DlT. 127 and Miss Mildred Cobb. 

At Cleveland, O., Bro. W. A. Deeley of 
Div. 17 and Miss Vivian Morrts. 

At Syracuse, N. Y., Bro. H. E. Rogers 
of Div. g and Miss Helen E. Shore. 

The Telegraphis extends congratula- 
^118 to the happy couplet. 



ed since the last issue of The Telbg- 
bapheb: 

General Chairman Leander T. Mur- 
daugh of Div. 24. 

Bro. John C. Croddy of Div. 17. 

Mother of Bro. E. J. Lang of Div. 76. 

Wife of Bro. William H. Crosby of 
Div. IW. 

Mother of Bro. 0. S. Ross of Div. 46. 

Sister of Bro. C. P. Gross of Div. 33. 

Bro. J. M. Conrlck of Div. 17. -' 

Father of Bro. S. C. Wooley of Div. 26. 

Father of Bro. W. W. Tert-ell of Div. 17. 

Brother of Bro. A. J. Frltts of Dly. 27. 

Wife of Bro. S. R. Lentz of Div. 36. 

Bro. John F. MUllin of Div. 29. 

Infant son of Bro. F. P. Redmond of 
Div. 58. 

Mother of Bro. J. C. Lahey of Div. 76. 

Infant daughter of Bro. J. J. LeFebure 
of Div. 144. 

Bro. John Nolan of Div. 41. 

Wife of Bro. W. E. Johnson of Div. 16. 

Father of Bra. H. C. Gray of Div. 53. 

Bro. W. F. Sharrocks of Div. 53. 

Bro. W. C. Brakefleld of Div. 57. 

Bro. Geo. H. Hatley 'of Div. 58. 

Daughter of Bro. J. H. Layne of Div. 59 

Mother of Bro. b. Condon of Div. 42. 

Bro. Clarence D. Harris of Div. 41. 

Bro. J. F. Dawson of Div. 76. 

Bro. B. L. Evensonof DlV. 76. 

Bro. J. F. Sanslng of Div. 35. 

Brother of Bro. J. A. Poltras of Div. 7. 

Brother of Bro. G. S. Phllpott of 
Div. 17. 

Bro. James S. Knapp of Div. 2. 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of alL 



WANTED. 
Whereabouts of John Orville Burnette, 
formerly telegraph operator on North- 
western. Served several years in Army; 
discharged August 11, 1920. Left home 
November 5, 1920. Thought to be tele- 
graphing in West or Southwest. Age, 37; 
weight, 215 to 218 lbs.; height, 5 ft, 8 in.; 
brown curly hair, blue-gray eyes. Tattoo 
marks on both arms bearing inscriptions 
"Manilla, P. I., 1905" and "Manilla, P. I. 
1901." Also name "Nellie" on left arm 

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near elbow. He is an expert Morse and 
Radio man. Anyone knowing his where- 
abouts or a man answering this descrip- 
tion, please notify 

The Obobb of Railboao Telexsraphebs, 
Missouri State Life Bldg., 
St. LfOuis, Mo. 



WANTED. 

Whereabouts of Bro. M. L. Mosher, 
agent and operator N. Y. C. at Ottawa 
Xiake, Mich. Lieft home December 26th, 
1920, for no apparent reason. He is thirty- 
one years old, six feet tall, weighs one 
hundred forty-five pounds, has dark 
brown hair and gray eyes, and wore a 
dark striped suit and tan raincoat 

Any information will be appreciated 
by his family as his wife is very siok. 

G. M. MoSHEBv 

Ottawa Lake, Michigan. 



Whereabouts of Robert Ashbury West, 
employed by the D., L. & W. at Buffalo, 
N. Y., and entered the Order the first of 
September. Medium height, blue eyes, 
brown hair, slightly gray at temples. Last 
heard of September 21. Wife seriously ill 
and financially distressed. Wire informa- 
tion to Mrs. MmNis West, 
197 South Elmwood Ave., 
Buffalo, N. Y. 



Whereabouts of Thos. H. Jacobs. Last 
heard of April 22 at Ottumwa, Iowa. Im- 
portant If you see this, communicate 
with 
The Oedbb of Railboad Telegraphers, 
Mo. State Life Bldg., 
St. Louis, Missouri 



Whereabouts of Rolle H. Shoupe. Last 
heard from at Oakland, Calif., about five 
years ago. Anyone knowing his address 
write A. A. Hammell 

804 West 22nd St., 
Lorain, Ohio. 



Whereabouts of D. A. Kimball. Last 
heard of in 1905 working for Boston and 
Maine as chief clerk in Boston office. 
Chas. C. Duck, 
Box 441, 
Bunkie, La. 



/ 



Present addresses of Clarence Thomas, 
last heard of in 1912, working for Hock- 
ing Valley at Delaware, Ohio, and Charlie 
Shaw, who worked for Western Union, 
Cairo, 111., in 1912. "Boys, if you see this 
write." 

W. EL Whits, 
care of St L. S. W. Ry., 
Illmo, Mo. 



Present address of W. P. Fuller, last 
heard of working on the C. G. N., near 
Chicago, about ten years ago. Fuller, If 
you see this write me. 

F. W. TwiNAM, 
316 South 2nd St, 
Columbus, Ohio. 



Present address of N. Manson, formerly 
of 60 B. 129th 'St., New York, N. Y. Im- 
portant Communicate with his brother 
Frank Manson, 
132 Lincoln St, 
Boston, Mass. 



Whereabouts of Buck Arnold. Worked 
for Chicago & Eastern Illinois Ry. at 
Atherton and Coal Bluff, Ind., in 1917. 
Last heard from in Louisiana. "Buck," If 
you see this please write. 

E. J. Meboeb, 

1325 Ash St, 
Terre Haiite, Ind. 



Whereabouts of Lional Carver, or of 
any of the boys that worked for the 
Frisco Ry. at Crocker, Mo. "Boys, please 
drop your old friend Penny a card/' 
C. E. Pennington, 
625 North Collett St, 
Danville,'^ Illinois. 



Whereabouts of "Ham" Hamilton, foi^ 
merly worked for Frisco Ry., Crocker, 
Mo. Last heard of in Canada. "Ham**, 
please let me hear from you. Lottie Jones 
of Crocker, Mo., would also like to hear 
from you. 

C. E. Pennington, 
625 North CoUett St, 
Danville, Illinois. 



Should like to hear from any of the 
boys who worked for the Construction 

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D^jAitment of the Northern Pacific when 
biUdiog between Glendive and the Mill- 
\m Tunnel In the years 1880 to 1883. 
Geo. C. HASELTimB, 
TL Stockton, Texas. 



LOST OR STOLEN. 



Card No. 10830, Cert 2061, IMv. 48, fop 
term ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 62691, Cert 2666. Div. 58, for 
tenn ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 47194, Cert. 3792, Div. 23. for 
cenn ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 64487. Cert. 3250, Div. 61. for 
tenn ending December 31, 1920. 

Card Na 63326. Cert, 934. Div. 44, for 
tenn ending December 31, 1920. 

Annual card No. 9629, Cert 67, Div. 
177. for year 1920. 

Card No. 41644, Cert 1679, Div. 35. for 
ttnn ending December 31. 1920. 



Card No. 35573, Cert. 1406, Div. 7. for 
term ending December 31, 1920? 

Annual card No. 526. Cert 3109. Div. 
31, for year 1920. 

Card No. 56859, Cert. 2522, Div. 32. for 
term ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 20347, Cert 415, Div. 70. for 
term ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 61552, Cert 115, Div. 22. for 
term ending December 31. 1920. 

Card No. 62792, Cert 5112, Div. 7. for, 
term ending December 31. 1920. 

Card No. 67665, Cert. 3433, DiV. 33, for 
term ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 12388, Cert 2085, Div. 43, for 
term ending December 31. 1920. 

Card No. 64842, Cert 4330, Dlt. 61, fer 
term ending December 31. 1920. 

Card No. 63613. Cert. 2179. Div. 53, for 
term ending December 31. 1920. 



oil EMILEM IIM 




Owlnc to muneroua reqiMsU ha,ying bMa r*- 
o«lT«4 for a hlgb frade •olid ffold O. R. T. 
Sfanblem "Ring, wo bavo bad a now rinf do- 
il^nod In tbo form of a Soal Rln|r. oontalnlnc 
tbo wroatb and oonndor In boaiiiy omboasod 

Sold, tbo prlco of wblcb Is |7.0«. A supply of 
tio«e rlnfs bas boon placod In otoek for tbo 
acoommodatlon of momDors, from wHicb tbo or- 
saoisatlon dorlvoa no profit. 

Afomfrora in piaehtg ihmh ord^B ahouU not 
fma to mpmeify thm aimm dmahmd. 

E. J. MANION, 

Actinc Grand Soerotary and Troaotiror 

MIoMun Stato Ulo Bide. ST. LOUIS, MO. 



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LADIES 
AUXILIARy 




A COMPREHENSION. 



(By Kate E. Carr, President.) 



''I can understand in a measure why 
men, our husbands, fathers, and brothers, 
are interested, and accordingly devote 
much spare time to their respective union 
duties. But for the life of me I do not 
see why apparently sane women; house- 
wives and mothers of growing children, 
the dictators of tomorrow's citizenship, 
can conscientiously waste a whole after- 
noon each week diagnosing and attempt- 
ing to treat the ills of industry. Per- 
sonally, I find that the proper care of 
my house and two children, and lastly, 
but by no means least, the entertaining 
of the children, require an average of 
fourteen hours of work each day. If I 
have any spare time I have always found 
that it could and can be very profitably 
spent in devising ways and means for 
stretching my husbands meager wages 
to comply with the ever increasing cost 
of living." 

This little interrogatory was made by 
the wife of a union man on the occasion 
of her being the "invited guest" at the 
regular weekly meeting of the Card and 
Label League. "Invited guest," not be- 
cause we expected that she would join 
with us in our endeavors as a result of 
the invitation, but that we felt that she 
was a typical illustration of the hun- 
dreds of eligible members to our League 
who remained unresponsive to our most 
ardent campaigning. We had hoped to 
gain her opinion of our efforts in behalf 
of the labor movement, and were most 
fiuccesfiful. 

The mystery was solved. We began to 



understand why we have the "unfair list" 
to battle. Why the daughters of labor 
must beg employers for a minimum wage, 
why the army of the unemployed is in- 
creasing so alarmingly fast, why we have 
so much child labor and so few schools, 
why we can buy so few articles of wom- 
en's ready made clothing bearing the 
union label, and the reason for the in- 
different union man were answered in 
that brief speech. 

While the major portion of the fol- 
lowers of the greatest and yet most com- 
mon profession, homemaking for the pro- 
ducers of the nation, spend their entire 
time in a fruitless effort to adapt the 
environment of themselves and their fam- 
ilies to comply with the effects of an 
irresponsible social system, so long will 
we have labor troubles, social evils, and 
the increasing demand for charities of 
all description. While the mothers of 
the working class are too busy with the 
duties confined within the four walls of 
the home to consider or even offer re- 
sistance to the forces which drag seventy 
per cent of their boys and girls into the 
heartless net of industry when they are 
yet mere children, so long will we lack 
the adequate educational facilities to 
which these children are entitled. 

When the workers and especially the 
mothers of the workers realize that there 
is, in a resourceful nation like ours, no 
just cause for lack of any commodity 
necessary to our best interests, when they 
understand that the cause and the cure 
of our industrial and social evils lie in 
their own hands, then will we mothers 
be in a position to conscientiously spend ^ 
all of our time in our homes if we so 
desire. 



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The name of this panacea is co-oper- 
ation. It will be applied to our industrial 
UIb when we drop the ethics of self- 
aggrandizement and determine to coop- 
erate with our fellow-workers for the 
common good. In this way we will be 
able to make the environment of today's 
selected few the common heritage of all 
children. And all civilization will be im- 
proved by the change. 

Last year ninety per cent of the wages 
received by the union men in this country 
were spent in non-union shops. In other 
words, ninety per cent of the earnings 
of oar union men were used to main- 
tain and encourage the presence of the 
unfair employer, sweat shops, unemployr 
ment, and anti-union legislation. And 
eighty-three per cent of that vast amount 
was sprat by the mothers who use their 
spare time ignorantly trying to stretch 
the inadequate "wage of the bread winners 
over the increased cost of living by chaa- 
hig bargain counters deftly camouflaged 
hj the anti-union art of the profiteer. 



UDIE8' AUXILIARY, PROVIDENCE, 
SYSTEM DIV. No. 29. 

That the members of the Ladies' Aux- 
iliary of Providence, System Division 29, 
are live wires is demonstrated by the 
zest and enthusiasm wliich characterize 
their meetings. 

Believing that it is a good thing to 
''get together" once In a while, the 
Auxiliary invited the members of the 
0. R. T. to a Hallowe'en party which 
was held in their hall on Weybosset 
street, where a delicious and bountiful 
harvest supper was served. After the 
nipper, Whist was enjoyed until a late 
hoar. 



In November the regular meeting of 
Providence System Division 29, recipro- 
cated with a social and Dutch Supper to 
which they invited the ladies. Preceding 
the supper, a first-class entertainment of 
song, legerdemain, and reading by local 
talent was ^oyed. Quite the most pleas- 
ing features of tde meeting were the de- 
lightfully informal talks by General 
Chairman Handy and General Secretary 
and Treasurer Tiger. The Ladies' Auxil- 
iary wishes to thank the brothers for the 
pleasant evening. 

As Christmas is essentially a Childs' 
festival, the Ladies' Auxiliary at their 
December meeting had an Xmas party for 
the members and their children. Al- 
though there were 35 children present, 
there were games, presents, candy, ice 
cream and cake plentiful enough to 
gladden every little tot. The parents felt 
amply repaid' when they saw the shining 
faces of the children add heard their 
childish hilarity. 

The Ladies' Auxiliary is planning a 
big Whist' party for some afternoon in 
February as Whist parties 'seem to re- 
main the most popular form of amuse- 
ment for the women and they always 
net a neat sum for the treasury. 

Leonard Jackson Ross, Jr., a young 
man of 14% pounds, arrived at the home 
of Sister and Vice-President Ross at St. 
Louis, Mo., on December 30, 1920. We 
extend our heartiest congratulations to 
Sister and Brother Ross. 

In behalf of the Ladies' Auxiliary of 
Providence, I wish all the Brothers and 
Sisters a Happy and Prosperous New 
Year. 

Mas. Helen C. Culbk. 



EMBLEM BAR PIN 




A new, original and artivtic piece of Fraternal Jewelry has just been procured in a 
Solid Oold Bar Pin. which every lady member of the Order wiU appreciate, as it is 

gactica] in addition to being ornamental. These pins tell for $5.00 each and, like the 
nblem Rings, liave been placed in ttock for the accommodation of members, as the 
eiftniaation derives no profit therefrom. 

B. J. MANION, Acting Grand Secretary and Treasurer 

Me. State Life BIdg., 8t. Loute. Mo. C^r-ir\n]p> 



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To the "Non." 

And what has been done by the O. R. T.? 

What has been done for you and for me? 

What kind of conditions and what compen- 
sation 

Would we have today without Organization? 

How in the world can there be even one 

Allowing: himself to be cHassed as a "Non"? 

When he could pay dues for the rest of his 
Ufe 

From what has been won by the members' 
past strife. 

And still have more money and more recre- 
ation 

Than would have been his without Organi- 
sation. 

And so, in the name of all things that are 
fair, 

How can there be one who will not do his 
share 

To encourage what's right and discourage 
what's wrong 

And help us* to carry the good work along? 

How can he withhold what he owes which, 
in short. 

Is a membership card and his loyal support? 

May every one prove a full appreciation 

Of what has been done by this Organization^ 
—Cwar. 261, Dlv. 161. 



Where Men Never Strike. 
If s an undisputed fact 

Where labor unions are unknown 
The master lives upon the meat. 

The toiler gets the bone. 
Where people are uncivilized 

There's very little pay; 
They toil along incessantly 

Without a word to say. 

They have no strikes in B(Hmeo, 

Sumatra or Soudan; 
They never strike in ZtUuland 

Or in Afghanistan. 
No strikes occur in Java, 

In Siam or Timbuctoo; 
But in countries that are civilized 

They strike — ^you bet they do. 

The toilers t^ke their medicine 

In India and Malay, 
Without a kick or whimper— 

They know just one word, "oiwyl" 
But if you will investigate 

You'll find that this is true; 
In countries that are dviliaed 

They strike— you bet they do. 

— TSOlLiI H. Wbst. 



When Workers L'am Their Lesson. 
When you've worked an' toiled an' sweated 

Fer forty year, an* more. 
An' the wolf is still a-howlin' 

An' scratchin at yer door; 
An' yuh find that Old Prosperity's 

Arrlvin' purty late: 
Pon't it kind o' start yuh thinkin' 

Thet yuh should co-ox)erate? 

When yer boy's Jest right fer college 

An' yer girl fer boardin' school; 
An' yuh find you're short of savin's* 

As is giner'ly the rule. 
An' yuh feel thet you've been handed 

Sich a nasty Jolt by Fate; 
Don't yuh wish thet you'd I'amed sooner 

How yuh could co-operate? 

Some'll say it isn't proper 

F^ workin' folks to live. 
With their left hands out a-grasptn' 

What their right hands hev to give; 
But "Big Business" knows es I do, 

Thet there's truth In what I state; 
"When the workers I'am their lesson 

They will ALL co-operate." 

— W. H. Stobsr^ The RaUrwid Trainmom, 



The^M Other's Job. 
It really isn't hard to be a mother. 

There really isn't very much to do; * 
The days are Just exactly like each other — 
Yeu simply shut your eyes and wander 
through. 
For six o'clock is time enough for rising, 
And getting all the children washed and 
dressed 
And breakfast cooked — it really is surprising:. 
But mothers never seem to need a restl 
The lunches must be packed and Jackets 
rounded. 
And everybody soothed and sent to schooL 
To say that mother rushes Is unfounded. 

She's nothing more to manage, as a rule. 
Unless it is to finish piles of sewing, 
And cook and wash and iron and serub 
and sweep, 
To order food and keep the home going — 
And then perhaps to hide herself sad 
weep! 
And when at last she's tucked them under 
covers, 
And seen to doors that dad's forgot to 
lock. 
Triumphantly at midnight, she discovov 
She's nothing more to do till six o'clock. 



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Plastered On. 
*'What a beautiful complexion Maud 

"It Isn't a complexion, it's a disguise." 



Ain't None. 

She — Now tell the truth, you men like 
the talkative women as well as you do 
the others. 

He— What others?— Bo«ton Olohe, 



Quite So. 

Jones — Conductor, I haven't but four 
cents, can I get home on that? 

Conductor— Sorry, sir, but that wouldn't 
be fare to the company. — Knoxville Jour- 
nal and Tribune, 



Heard at the Landing. 

Hopeful Immigrant — They told me that 
in America it simply rained money. 

Hardened Yank— Well, if you remain 
here you'll get soaked like the rest of us. 



His Inclination. 

"The escaping steer that threw a po- 
liceman with his horns must have been 
something of a gambler." 

"Why so?" 

"He was such an adept in tossing the 
copper." — Baltimore American, 



Horse Sense. 

Higgins (rancher) — Pete, when you 
married your third wife did you take a 
bridal tour? 

Plainsman Pete — Nope! Just took a 
fancy to her. — Houston Post, 



Too Easy. 

Reggie (bitterly) — I suppose you con- 
sider it. a triumph to make a fool of me? 

Renee (sweetly) — ^Why, no! A triumph 
means something accomplished that was 
very difllcult.- Pearson'* Weekly, 



Too Late. 

Knowit — The facial features plainly in- 
dicate character and disposition* In se- 
lecting your wife were you governed by 
her chin? 

Hearit — No, I wasn't; but I have been 
even since. — Kansas City Star, 



Cautious Opinion. 

"Was the costuming of the musical 
show what you would regard as in good 
taste?" 

"In some degree," replied Miss Cay- 
enne. "I, will at least say that nobody 
was what you would call overdressed." — 
Washington Star, 



Paradoxical Training. 

"I notice Jones, no matter in what so- 
ciety he is, never appears the least bit 
bored." 

"That's because he's been so well 
drilled." 



Nervy. 
"Pardon me, Miss. Although a per- 
fect stranger, I must tell you that you 
are beautiful." 
"Sir, I shall call a policeman." 
"I am sure he will agree with me." — 
Detroit Free Press. 



The Sole Exception. 

Mrs. Junebride — Oh, dear! Strikes seem 
to be universal, don't they? 

Her Husband — Yep! Everything's strik- 
ing except the clock your brother gave 
us for a wedding present, and that never 
did work any to speak of. — Detroit Neios, 



She Would, of Course. 
"Where are you going, Maggie?" asked 
Lizzie. 
"I'm going to the dentist," said Maggie 
"Are you going to have gas?" 

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oomeining-Tor noining. 

A certain solicitor, always ready to lec- 
ture his office boy, whether he deserved 
it or not, one day overheard a conversa- 
tion between his youth and the boy in a 
neighboring office, which cured him of the 
habit. 

"What's your salary?" asked the other 
boy. 

"I get two thousand pounds a year," 
said the solicitor's lad, calmly. > 

"Gimlni!" gasped the other. Then he 
put in decisively: "I don't think!" 

"Straight, I do! I get ten blinkin' bob 
^ a week, and the rest in legal advice." 



She Understood. 

Mr. Oabb had been out at an all-night 
polcer game and was trying to square 
himself when he got home at noon the 
next day. He had a package under his 
arm. •'Wouldn't you like to know what 
is in this package?" asked Mr. Gabb. 

Tm not a bit interested," replied Mrs. 
Gabb. 

"Well. I bought soinething for the one 
I love beet in the world," announced Mr. 
Gabb, with a grin. 

"What did you buy yourself — collars or 
neckties r' snapped Mrs. Gabb-— If inne- 
apolis Tribune. * 



Misunderstanding. 

A Washington man was taking a walk- 
ing tour through Maryland. One night 
he put up at a country hotel. The next 
morning; at breakfast, the landlord said 
to him: 

"Bid you enjoy the saxophone play- 
ing in the room next to yours last night?" 



meuc as meir relatives wisn, out on uie 
other hand, they are seldom as heartless 
as they sometimes appear. 

"Why are you crying so. Tommy?" in- 
quired one of the boy's aunts, who found 
her small nephew seated on the door- 
step, lifting his voice in loud walls. 

'The p-painter man across the street 
f-fell down from his Madder!" blubbered 
Tommy. 

"Oh, that's too bad/' said the aunt, 
stepping over him and opening the door. 
"I do hope the i^oor workman wasn't, 
much hurt!" 

"H-he's only hurt a little!" wailed 
Tommy. "But Doroty s-saw him fall, 
while I'd gone to the g-grocery! I never 
s-see anything!" 



Why He Was Cross. 

'Twas in Glasgow that a woman was 
•traveling in a tramcar with a baby who 
would persist in crying as though his 
little heart would break. 

"Hush, laddie!" the mother would keep 
murmuring gently, only with difficulty 
restraining her irritation at the audible 
and unflattering comments of the other 
passengers anent her offspring. 

Soon the car reached George's Cross 
and the conductor called out loudly the 
name of the place: "George's Cross, 
George's Cross." 

Then the mother's anger bubbled over 
and she sprang up excitedly. 

"Of course Georgie's cross!" she cried, 
with flashing eyes. And so would you 
be if you were cutting your back teeth!" — 
London Tit Bits, 

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JUSTICE AND CREDIT FOR ^LL. 



It is not very often that I consume 
space in the columns of our ofiDlcial organ 
but, occasionally, we all feel a sense of 
relief when we give expression to our 
thoughts, and realizing that everyone ap- 
preciates a few words of credit, it has 
occurred to me that at the close of the 
year 1920 when, doubtless,' we have the 
greatest number of members ever before 
in the history of our Organization, as a 
result of the greatest united and con- 
tinuous struggle ever made by the active 
workers of the several divisions, it would 
be a good time to sum up. Looking back 
over the period of Federal control, and 
the few months which have elapsed 
since the Railroads were turned back to 
Private control and operation, during 
which time the details were worked out 
and applied and the ends gathered up, 
I feel the time has come when full cred- 
it should be given to ALL. 

While giving a full measure of credit 
to my associate officers, past and pres- 
ent, for their splendid leadership and 
strenuous effort made to bring about the 
abolishment of wage slavery and the lopg 
hours of dismal service, I desire, at this 
particular period in our progress, to call 
••ttention to the fact that much credit 
is also due to General and Local Chair- 
men, General Secretaries, and hundreds 
of other active workers, not identified 
as officers or committeemen. General and 
Local Chairmen, it must be remem^red, 
are the ones who must first decide wheth- 
er or not a grievance exists; whether In- 
justice has been done; whether the vari- 
ous rules have been observed; whether 
each and every member has received his 
due in the matter of wages and proper 



amounts paid for overtime worked, for 
vacations abolished and l)roper payments 
made on retroactive considerations; in 
doing which it is they who must bear the 
brunt of first argument in establishing 
the claim, and more and more argument 
and evidence must be made and produced 
in supporting the cases as they are car- 
ried forward on appeal: 

Too often criticism is offered instead 
of credit and, sometimes I wonder that 
discouragement, detrimental to the best 
interests of the membership, does not re- 
sult from unjust criticism. I have main- 
trained for many years, both in public 
and in private, that these men are the 
sustaining power of the organization for, 
without their constant application and 
honest effort, the interests of the Organ- 
ization would suffer and failure would 
be the inevitable result; therefore, let 
us be sure to give credit where credit 
is due. 

With the Organization, as with all other 
things, there was a beginning, and in be- 
half of those who have gone before us, 
to whom we might refer as the fore- 
fathers of the Organization, which haa 
accomplished so much, I desire to say 
their road was rough and their pay was 
small, but man will never be cheered by 
a higher call; they knelt with those in 
need of cheer, imparting hope and dis- 
pelling fear; they knelt with those who 
were underpaid, and made them hope- 
ful and unafraid; they taught the 
wronged that there still was good, and 
filled their mission as best they could. 

After an absence of about eighteen 
months from the Eastern territory, where 
I have spent about twenty years, I have 
returned and am glad to be back, 
notwithstanding the fact that I met many 

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ly gratifying to me to be received and 
welcomed back among my ESastern friends 
in such genuine spirit of true friendship 
ind. as K. C. B. says, '7 thank youJ* 

With the coming of the New Tear, 
let OS an resolye to be more mindful of 
our obligation to one another, observe the 
underlying fundamental principles of our 
Organization, give credit where credit is 
due thereby supplanting criticism with 
a greater spirit of credit and Justice. 

Wishing all a successful and Happy 
New Year, I am 

Yours fraternally, 

Thomas M. Piebson, 
Vice-President. 



READ GOOD ENGLISH. 



Very few people can ever hope to be 
great writers, but anyone may and should 
become a good writer. If you never pro- 
duce anything but personal letters, they 
can be so well written that your friends 
aod family will look forward to receiv- 
ing them, and' pcuss them around for 
others to enjoy. And we should be 
ashamed not to be able to express our- 
selves clearly and simply, both in speech 
and on paper, in our native tongue. 

I have known people who seem to think 
that one needs a university education in 
order to write plain, correct English. 
They will say: Tf I had only had the 
advantages of going to college I could 
write properly, but of course that can- 
net be expected of an uneducated person." 
That is mere nonsense. The beet trained 
mind I know, and one of the most effec- 
tive pens, beloncys to a man who never 
was graduated from grammar school and 
never saw the inside of a high school. 

It is what you put in your brain that 
counts, not what somebody else tries to 
inject into it. A course in night school, 
or a few hours regulaily spent in study 
ud practice at home, will do more for 
you than years spent in dawdling through 
a college course. Read good Bngllsh, 
and you cannot keep from writing it. 

o. I. a 



There is Just one thing that I want 
to make mention of, and that is the initia- 
tion fee. From previous experience' in 
different unions, I believe if we would 
raise the initiation fee to at least $10 
or $15, we would have better success, as 
that would prevent so many from becom- 
ing delinquent. I believe it would make 
but very little difterence in the number 
affiliating with us, and it would at least 
stop the menace of forfeiture of member- 
ship, j 

. XYZ. 



A STEELE PENNE GETS DOWN TO 
FACTS. 



Bro. A. Steele Penne, the wild and 
woolly westerner blows in to the May 
Telegrapher with five hundred words of 
carping criticism and hints that he has 
a wonderful cure for our innumerable 
iUs. 

We hold our breath and wait. 

In the June number we are treated to 
a lot of the same vapory effervescence 
and he slips it to us gently that instead 
of the Grand OfiDlcers reading their re- 
ports to us they ought to mail them out 
and thus help Mr. Burleson wii>e out his 
annual deficit 

In the July issue he lies dormant and 
gives one or two others a chance to show 
how badly they have been mislead by 
his voluble and ill-considered perslfiage. 

In the Stepember number we undertake 
to reply to Bro. Penne with a few oold, 
cruel facts and incidentally indulge in a 
little sly humor at his expense. He comes 
back in the last issue and grandly ig- 
nores all the facts and complains about 
the irony and sarcasm. 

Well, Just to please Bro. Penne, we 
will cut out the humor and pin him right 
down to facts. 

Bro. Penne does not like the idea that 
he is a knocker, and assures us that he 
is nothing of the kind. Yet, since he in- 
sists upon cold facts, he seems to be the 
only and original leader of the Anvil 
Chorus. In fact we know of no one 
worthy to oomvete with him for these 

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honora Gentlemen^ of the Jury» listen to 
his own words: 

"Elztravagance in conduct of our con- , 
ventlons." 

'^he poor devils out on the line called ' 
on to foot the bills." 

"Eliminate the present admitted fail- 
ure of our conventions." 

"I am one of the poor devils who helped 
to foot the bUls." 

"A howling and altogether unruly mob 
was in complete control of the conven- 
tion." • 

"It appears to me that we don*t get 
anything but the bills." 

"Let us reduce the representation that 
will work instead of frittering away the 
time and money of the membership." 

"Waste the funds of the Order in or- 
der that they may be permitted to gratify 
their selfish desires." 

These are only a few of the wholesale 
denunciations used in these articles by 
Bro. A. Steele Penne. This is no joke, 
as Bro. Penne would have you believe and 
taking him at his word we will not treat 
it as such, but. with seriousness. As a 
member of this Order continuously for 
twenty-five years and a frequent attendant 
upon the sessions of our Grand Division, 
I here and now denounce these statements 
as gross misrepresentations of the facts. 
In fact not one of the allegations are 
true. If the Grand Officers' reports were 
not read during the first days of the con- 
vention a recees would be necessary to 
enable the committees to organize and get 
their business in shape for report. Bro. 
Penne slurs the committee plan of han- 
dling convention business. Doee he know 
of any convention procedure that would 
handle the great volume of business with- 
out committees? It would take a month 
to do It otherwise. 

Bro. Penne wants himself taken seri- 
ously and will tolerate no Joking. And 
yet he proposes six delegates for every 
system division regardless of membership. 
That would produce 840 delegates, or 
about three hundred more than the pres- 
ent plan, with none of the local divisions 
provided for. Some divisions with two 
hundred members and others with over 



two thousand, and yet give them the 
same representation. And yet Bro. Penne 
does not understand why his proposition I 
is "preposterous." 

He talks volubly of "waste" and "enor-« 
mous expense" In the conduct of our busi- 
ness. In my recent letter I Informed Mm 
that the cost of running our business at 
this time is only one-half of one per cent 
of our wages as against one and one- 
half per cent a few years ago and he 
ignores It. He wants facts. Does he deny 
the accuracy of this statement? 

Prior to the St Louis convention every 
member of this order was assessed twen- 
ty-five cents per term for defraying the 
convention expenses. * This was found in- 
sufficient and it was Increased to fifty 
cents per term, and this will amply take 
care of it. Is there a member of this or- 
ganization who will think this exces- 
sive? And remember, this Is INCLUDED 
in your present dues. 

Mr. A. Steele Penne, if you want to 
get a correct Vslant" on the cost of run- 
ning the 0. R. T., just do this: Ask the 
trainmen what it costs them per year to 
support their respective organizations. 
Then ask the machinists, then the clerks, 
th^i all the rest, and note that the tele- 
graphers are loioer than any of them. 
Then compare our salaries today with 
what they were a few years back and 
try to decide who Is the tortoise and 
who is the hare. 

At these conventions, that Bro. Penne 
denounces so vociferously, are men 9^, 
lected by our membership and by no 
others. They are men seasoned In the 
labor game and include our oldest and 
most experienced members. Most of them 
are pioneers in the labor movement who 
have tasted the adversity of early days. 
They are earnestly trying to hold what 
we have gained and add something there- 
to. As a rule they are men who sacri- 
fice rather than benefit personally by 
their fealty to labor's cause. Therefore, 
the wholesale strictures and criticisms 
Indulged in by Bro. Penne are unjust 
and undeserved. 

Furthermore, Bro. Penne doee not un- 
derstand why his statonents are "mis- 



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cueTons." and we wui ten iiiixi piamiy, 
omitting all "irony" and "sarcasm" that 
be so righteously detests. If all the things 
he states are true, and they are not, he 
should have made some effort at the last 
conventien to propose a remedy, which 
he did not. If they are only the Inven- 
tions of a very prolific imagination, which 
they are, many of our earnest and well- 
meaning members are grossly mislead 
and lose faith In the Order, ^hick is the 
best ayailable means for betterment of 
their condition. 

If Bro. Penne is so zealous to ^help let 
him address himself to some of the real 
evils that afflict us and desist from try- 
ing to tear down the Organization that 
has no valiently championed our cause 
in years gone by. Let him come to Sa- 
vannah with a remedy for the U. S. 
mail cnrse that is riding the backs of 
our members like '"The Old Man of the 
Sea." Tell us how the commercial tele- 
graph companies shall be made to com- 
pensate our men for the services they 
perform for almost nothing at the present 
time. Tell us how to get back the an- 
noal vacations that were so '1>eneflcient- 
ly" taken from us under the federal ad- 
ministration. 

Bro. Penne insisted upon facts and he 
has them. If he is a real sport let him 
come across and make due apology to 
the hundreds of earnest O. R. T. men 
▼horn he has unjustly criticised and he 
will find them just as willing as he is to 
eo-operate toward the advancement that 
he, apparently, so much desires. 
M. W. Atkins, 
Cert 25, Div. 14, Rldgeway, Va. 



IN RE COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL 
CHAIRMEN. 



The last number of The Rauaoad 
Telbgbaphkb raised an issue as to mak- 
ing It possible for Local Chairmen to de- 
vote their entire time to division work 
6n salary, or monetary consideration sub- 
scribed In appreciation of Local Chalr- 
nien's services. I would like through 
these columns to point out that such 
action by division memberihip would not 
be practicable or desirable. 



m tne nrst piace, tne ix)cai unairman 
is elected from the ranks by the em- 
ployes and accepts this work, as a duty, 
representing the employes of which he is 
a part; this needs no oUier compensa- 
tion than the fuil co-operation ot the 
membersliip. By working hand in hand 
wim tne Local Chairman, to the iuliest 
possible extent, shows more appreciation 
and Is (more valuable ior the success of 
the aivision than reward by subscrip- 
tion of funds. 

As a matter of fact, any compensation 
would serve to destioy the assurance that 
this co-operation was lacking and create 
an Impression which would lead the Lo- 
cal Cnalrmen to believe that money is 
being substituted for their good will. The 
most valuable asset the local committee 
can have, and which means success or 
failure in handling the work, is co-oper- 
ation* of the entire membership. 

1 believe it would not be amiss at this 
time to say that d5 per cent of the Local 
Chairmen would not desire appreciation 
\n this way and that more can be ac- 
complished by united effort in useful co- 
operation. Let each member call our at- 
tention to ^ny violation of the working 
agreement. Do it promptly and with an 
interest comparable to the^ member of a 
firm. Keep the Local Chairman supplied 
with information, whether it concerns 
your Job or not. A few postage stamps 
per month invested in your business will 
pay dividends to your credit The time 
given by the committee to your work is 
for your interest. It cannot be estimated 
in money; money contributed in appreci- 
ation of handling affairs, will not create 
more of an interest in your welfare, but 
your personal interest and assistance 
will. Subscription for office equipment 
is a necessity but an expression of ap- 
preciation by money under guise of sal- 
ary is not what is desired. We want your 
help and the kind that money will not 
buy. Organizing the non is a job for 
everyone. 

Exert your energies in this direction 
and your conditions will be bound to im- 
prove. A Local Chaibman. 

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COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL CHAIR- 
MEN. 



Cert. 1733, Dlv. .53, in the Noyember 
number of The Teleqrafheb, invites con- 
sideration of "Compensation for Local 
Chairmen," and I, like the brother, think 
this a subject worthy of much thought. 

I do not think it fair tor an inter- 
ested member of the organization, and 
Just because he is interested in its wel- 
fare, to devote all, or a great part of his 
leisure time to this work for years with- 
out compensation. If it be but a small 
salary, only enough to enable him to 
lay off of his railroad position at intervals 
and personally see the constituents, as 
well as the nons, also to familiarize him- 
self with the conditions on his division, 
it would help him considerably, as these 
are among his numerous duties, after 
putting in a hard day for the railroad. 

This, in my opinion, would eliminate 
the "non" and it requires persistent call- 
ing and persuasion to get some of them. 
A Local Chairman can come nearer get- 
ting a non's money than an outsider, be- 
cause the non considers all the efforts 
put forth by the Local Chairman for the 
good of the organization, while he at- 
tributes the extended eftort of the out- 
sider, or in other words a strange-or- 
ganizer, to the fact that he is being paid 
to make such spiels, and therefore, puts 
him off with promises to call pay day, 
etc 

It takes much time each day for a 
Local Chairman to keep the work up as 
it should be, and if one worked for the 
railroad after putting in eight hours, he 
would receive pay for overtime, and it 
seems that a member who is faithful 
enough to devote his time and efforts to 
the welfare of the organization, is worthy 
of pay for it 

There are about two hundred of our 
craft on this division and there are from 
five to twenty-five new men employed, and 
about the same number who leave the 
service, every thirty days, which entails 
considerable correspondence in notifying 
the General Offices of changes in ad- 
dresses, etc. It is the duty of the Local 
Chairman to also encourage members 



leaving the service to continue their mem- 
bership in the Order by taking advantage 
of the rates for members not employed in. 
railroad service and continuing their Mu- 
tual Benefit Department certificates in 
force and effect by the pciyment of assess- 
ments, and v&rious other duties too nu- 
merous to mention. 

Taking everything connected with the 
Local Chairman into consideration, a sal- 
ary based on the size of the membership 
of a division, would be nothing more than 
he is rightfully entitled to and would be 
much appreciated. 

Cbbt 910, Div. 58. 



UNIONISM AND DEMOCRACY. 



For several months a nation-wide cam- 
paign has been conducted by employers 
associations, headed by the National 
Manufacturers' Association, on the issue 
of the "Open Shop in Industry." The 
assistance of the United States Chamber 
of Commerce and all its subordinate 
bodies from one end of the country to the 
other was enlisted in this campaign and 
as was to be naturally expected from the 
composition of the membership of the 
Chamber of Commerce and Boards ci 
Trade, this assistance was readily granted. 
The same can be said of the Bankers' 
Association. The organized Labor move- 
ment of the country knows from ex- 
perience what to expect from such bodies. 
A series of questions was submitted by 
the United States Chamber of Commerce 
to what the Labor Movement would term 
"Its Subordinate Locals." putting them 
on record for or against the open shop, 
having a pretty accurate idea as to what 
their verdict would be, from bodies com- 
posed of employers, business and profes- 
sional men, most of whom had never 
had organized labor's side of the case 
presented to them by those qualified to 
do so, their only source ot information 
having been derived from a prejudiced 
public press from paid press agents 
of employers' associations. The Organ- 
ized Labor movement has never accepted 
the term of "OPEN SHOP" and "CLOSED 
SHOP," for the simple reason that in 
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Wbat does exist Is the Union shop and 
the Non-Union shop. The employer as a 
role dislikes these latter terms, so he 
ooined the phrase of *'iygen shop*' and 
"dosed shop," and then goes so far as 
to apply the misleading term of "Ameri- 
ean Plan" to the former and declares 
the latter nn-American. Many years ex- 
perience of the so-called "open shop," plan 
has proven conclusively that the term 
"dosed shop'* properly applies to the so- 
called "open shop," for the reason that it 
eventually becomes absolutely non-union 
and is then the real "closed shop" closed 
to Union men and women. 

There can be no industrial Democracy 
in the Non-Union shop. ' The employer 
is ahsolute. He is Judge, Jury and Hang- 
man, if he cares to go that far, which 
many employers do in deciding what 
working conditions shall be. He auto- 
cratically sets the hours and wage scales 
and then says to his employes, if not in 
so many words, at least by his actions in 
posting notices. "These are the conditions, 
yoa may either accept them or quit" 
Sometimes the unorganized worker does 
Quit feeling he cannot bear the burden 
any longer. When there is a surplus of 
help another unorganized worker takes 
his place and the injustice remains. Over 
three-quarters ot a century of struggle be- 
tween Capital and Labor has brought 
ahoat a sjrstem of collective bargaining 
hctween organized employers and organ- 
ised employes through representatives of 
their own choosing. The organized em- 
ployers secure clever, brainy lawyers and 
(tthers of high intelligence as their rep- 
reeatatives. which they Jiave a perfect 
right to do. The organized workers choose 
what they consider their brainiest and 
most experienced men as their represents 
ttivos, which they have the same right to 
do. These representatives gather around 
the table with the sole object of arriving 
it agreements as to working conditions 
tnd wages which will be fair to both 
iides. And no one can truthfully say 
that this system has not saved the coun- 
try from many industrial conflicts that 
BMant millions of dollars of loss to capi- 
W apd aavefj Q^illloos oC workers ^4 



their wives and children from suffering 
and privation. With the "Open Shop" 
policy such achievements are impossible. 
No one with an ounce of Intelligence will 
claim that this system of collective bar- 
gaining has been 100 per cent success- 
ful. Neither can they deny that on many 
occasions it has averted many industrial 
conflicts, bringing labor and capital closer 
together. New fangled plans and systems 
are being patented every day by so-called 
experts, some of whom are reaping a 
rich harvest of profit from employers. 
These schemes are of a wide scope, from 
a system whereby the whole of a plant 
is organized by the employer, patterned 
along the lines of our American form of 
government There is a House of Rep- 
resentatives, a Senate Chamber and Cabi- 
net The rank and file of the employes 
are members of the lower house. The 
, officials constitute the Senate and the 
owners of the plant, or. If a company, 
the head officials of the plant constitute 
the cabinet These respective bodies are 
supposed to deal jointly with all questions 
that might arise relative to wages and 
working conditions. The rules provide 
that any change In conditions can only 
be brought about by a majority vote of 
each of the three bodies. Any person 
of average intelligence can readily realize 
what a chance the House of Representa- 
tives has of putting anything through 
which either a majority of the Senate, 
composed entirely of the bosses, or the 
members of the Cabinet composed entire- 
ly of the owners and head officials did 
not favor, how intelligent wage workers 
can lend themselves or become part of 
such schemes is beyond any comprehen- 
sion. Then comes the smaller schemes. 

Such as the formation of Athletic As- 
sociations for the male employes, and 
sometimes the female, the Welfare Or- 
ganizations, etc., all of which are in- 
tended to divert the minds of the work- 
ers from organization in the trade union 
movement. The wage worker does not 
want paternalism. The wage worker does 
not want welfare work, which on the 
whole, is a system of coddling the worker, 
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not know how to take care of his 
own welfare and those depending upon 
him, and needs experts^ to do his thlnk- 
>ing for himv In the union shop* the 
worker knows he has a real Yoice in 
shaping of conditions under which he 
shall labor. The employer who advocates 
the open shop assumes the autocratic 
right to decide what is good and what is 
not good for the worker. He assumes 
the right to decide what the price shall 
be for man's labor simply because it 
happens to be placed at his disposal. 
There is nothing fundamentally Ameri- 
can about the open .shop no more than 
there Is anything fundamentally Ameri- 
can about the owning of slaves. The 
slave owner took the position that being 
in his own opinion a good master, he 
should be absolute. The non-union em- 
ployer assumes this position, I protect my 
employes, therefore, I must be absolute. 
He preaches about the glory of independ- 
ence, the tyranny of trade unions, while 
denying any form of independence to 
those whom he employs. If there hap- 
pens to be a number of employes in the 
so-called "Open Shop" who are members 
of a union it is only a short time before 
this union is destroyed through the sys* 
tem of spies and union smashing agen- 
cies, which exist in every industrial 
town and city in the country. The open 
shop campaign has not fooled the organ- 
ized worked one iota and is not fooling 
very many of the unorganized workers 
who are rapidly joining the trade union 
movement. Th6 average American work- 
er is intelligent and knows how to take 
care of his own interest, he fully realizes 
that behind this nation-wide "Open Shop" 
campaign lies a deep laid plot to anni- 
hilate trade unionism. I am not assuming 
to be a prophet, but I venture to prophesy 
this: for over seventy-five years the trade 
union movement in this country has 
grown and developed to its present high 
stanclard, steadily growing both numeri- 
cally and in Its economic influence. It 
has raised the standard of wages, re- 
duced the hours of labor, taken little 
children out of the mill by thousands 



liberating them from industrial exploita- 
tion. I9 a word, it has raised the whole 
economic standard of the wage workers 
of the country. In seventy-five years 
from now it will still be in existence, 
greater and more potent than ever, the 
Manufacturers' Association, Chambers of 
Commerce and Boards of Trade notwith- 
standing. It is the duty of every member 
of organized labor to fight to the utmost 
this open shop union smashing campaign 
with all the vigor and energy at his 
command, and I feel assured that this 
will be done by every member of the rail 
road workers and organizations, the right 
of organizations, the right of collective 
bargaining, the right of the worker to 
have a voice as to how he shall dispose 
of his labor, and at what price, the right 
of the worker to withhold his labor when 
conditions are not just, is a right whici) 
no man or set of men can take from him 
for any great length of time. The work- 
. ers, and union men especially are striving: 
to obtain democracy in industry, and the 
source is being blocked by capitalism, 
through the agency of the press' and all 
their public sources of information. The 
only thing that can break through this 
barrier is an intelligent understanding 
of the forces at work, and individual ef- 
fort on the part of the worker himself. 
Cebt. 435, Div. 39. 



A NEW ARRIVAL. 



We are pleased to announce that 
Leonard Jackson Ross, Jr., arrived at the 
home of his parents, Vice-President and 
Mrs. Leonard Jackson Ross, 1315 Semple 
avenue, St. Louis, Mo., on December 30, 
1920. 

Jackson weighed fourteen and one-half 
pounds. It is expected he will soon be 
able to take up the art of telegraphy and 
join the ranks of organized labor. 

In behalf of the employes at the gen- 
eral offices of the Order of Railroad Teleg- 
raphers, we extend our heartiest con- 
gratulations to Vice-President and Mrs. 
Ross. 

"Wc." Cert 27, Div. 2. 



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The Railroad Telegrapher 



Volume XXXVII— 1920 



EDITORIAU 

Act Be Prepared to 1381 

Act» Tranaportatlon 1391 

Agents, ClasslficaUon of 702 

A. P. of L. Convention, The 823 

Americanism, A Menace to 85 

Americanism Menaced. 152 

American Legrion, Labor and the 435 

AnU-Seditlon Bill. W. J. Burke Opposes. 153 

BanJc of North Dakota. The ., 946 

Bipartisan Board, The 437 

Birthday, Our 693 

BlantOD, COn^essman Rebuked 316, 818 

Board of Directors. Report of 694, 1279 

Board of Railroad Wa^es and Working 

eonditions. Hearings 1 

Boards of. Adjustment, National 1286 

Burke, W. J., Opposes Anti -Sedition Bill 153 

Campaign. Great Thing to Do in 1063 

Campaign. The Recent » 1382 

Oiinaidian Railway Board of Adjustment 

Na 1 18, 1067. 1399 

Ckpp^, Senator of Kansas, Speech of... 154 
Chamber of Commerce. United States, 

Planks Adopted by the 1065 

Chicago & B^astem Illinois . Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers .' 1387 

Chicago & North Western Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers "....1384. 1385 

aeveland. Cincinnati, Chicago & St 

Louis Railroad vs. Telegraphers. 1173, 1388 

Coal Mining. Federal Commission on 43 

Congressman Blanton Rebuked...... 316. 318 

Congress of Negation. A 703 

Co-operative Spirit. The New 717 

Co-Operative Stores 1383 

Cost of Living, E}xces8ive 154 

Death of Our Grand Secretary and 

Treasurer 1161 

Debate, The Gompers and Allen 69C 

Decision Na 2. Application of 1293, 1390 

Decision of Questions Submitted to the 

U. 8. Railroad Administration 18 

Decisions. New 1168. 1289. 1292, 1384 

Decisions on Labor Questions. Court 719 

Declslwi. The Wage y. 815 

Elections, O. R. T. Division 137« 

Employment Bureau 436 

Federal Commission on Coal Mining.... 43 
fWends, Remember Our. Defeat Our 

Enemies 824. 948 

General Order 66. United States Railroad 
AdffiinistratJoD 18 



Gompers amd Allen Debate 696 

Gompers. Samuel... 43. 428, 579. 696, 703. 

707. 1065. 1163, 1285, 1380 

Grievances, Labor and Its 36 

Hakes, Albert W., Death of 1378 

Hearings, Board of Railroad Wages .and 

Working Conditions 1 

Hearings, Interstate Commerce Commis- 
sion » ^ 1287 

Hughes, James L., Honored 945 

Industrial Conference. Che President's. . 11 
'Interchurch Committee Assails United 

States Steel Company's Policy 937 

Interstate Conmierce Commission Hear- 
ings 1287 

Labor and Its Grievances 36 

Labor and the American Legion 435 

Labor and the Farmers in Politics 468 

Labor Day 1061 

Labor Enters the Political Arena 149 

Labor in Politics 425. 695, 1063, 1166. 1382 

Labor, NaUonal Weekly 977, 1381 

Labor Provisions of the Railroad Bill. 

312, 1391 
Labor Questions, Court Decisions On . . . 719 

Labor's Political Banner Unfurled 428 

, Labor's Political Campaign 150 

Labor's Protest Against a Rampant 

Tragedy 707 

Labor's Slogan 824, 948 

Labor, The Problems of 679 

Mail, Handling U. S 427 

Manlon, E. J.. President. .436, 558, 702. 

830, 940, 977, 1282, 1283, 1286 

New Year Approaches 1377 

New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad 

vs. Telegraphers 1170 

Old-Time Member Honored 945 

Open' Shop, The 1163, 1284 

Pennsylvania Lines East, Suffrage Exer- 
cised On 33 

Perham, H. B., Past President 1162 

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers 1168, 1171 

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers 1292 

Planks Adopted by the United States 

Chamber of Commerce 1065 

Plumb Plan. The 20, 977 

Political Action in Nebraska 699 

Political Arena, Labor Enters the 149 

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Political Banner Unfurledt Labor's 428 

Political Campaifirn, Labor's 150 

PoUtical PoBcy. Non-Partlsan 1286 

Political Situation, The 830 

Politics, Labor and the Farmers in 458 

Politics. Labor in... 425, 695. 1063. 1166. 1382 
President's Industrial Conference. The... 11 

Public Opinion. Value of 1166 

Questionnaire. A (The Problems of Cap- 
ital and Labor) 579 

Railroad Administration. United States. 

Addendum No. 2 159 

Railroad Administration, United States, 

General Order No. 65 18 

Railroad- Adminlstrattbn, United States, 

Interpretation No. 9 160 

Railroad Administration, United States, 

Railway Board of Adjustment No. 

3 1168, 1289, 1292. 1384 

Railroad Bill. Labor Brovisions of... 812. 1391 

Railroad Labor BiU. The 20 

Railroad Labor Board, United States, 

Daily and Monthly WsLg% Rates. .T. .1284 
Railroad Labor Board. United States. 

Decision 2 (Dockets 1. 2 and 3).. 816^ 

1293. 1390 
Railroad Labor Board. Wage Increase 

Presented to. 567 

RawUns, C. B.. Death of.... 1161, 1162, 

1281, 1377 
' Resolution Adopted by Board of Di- 
rectors 1281 

Resolution .Adopted by The American 

Federation of Labor 830 

Resolution Adopted by the Standard 

Recognized Railroad Organizations. . 308 
Rutland Railroad vs. Telegraphers. 1290. 1291 
St Louls-San Francisco Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers 1289 

Short Line Wages, Hearings on...' 1282 

Sims, Hon. Thetus W., Speech of 27 

Soldiers and Sailors' League 457 

Steel Company's Policy, Interchurch 

Ck>mmittee Assails 937 

Strikes. Illegal Railroad. Condemnation 

of 830 

Subordinate Officials 702 

Suffrage Exercised on the Pennsylvania 

Lines East .'. 38 

Toledo. Peoria & Western Railroad vs. 

Telegraphers 1386 

Transportation Act 1391 



Union Label, The 1S8S 

Union. Our. Not the Union laSd 

Wage Movement... 281. 487. 557. 815. 940. 

1282, 1283 
BRIEFS. 
BHefs ..\.46. 162j 319. 459. 692. 721. 883, 980, 
1072. 1174. 1295, 1402 

FACETIOUS. 

FaceUous 56. 169, 469. 781, 840, 987, 

1080, 1183. 1306. 1420 

FRATERNAU 

Fraternal ..82. 194. 360. 488. 616. 748. 859. 

997. 1094. 1200. 1313. 1428 
GRAND DIVISION. 
Grand Division .... 136, 279, 417. 554, 679. 

813. 924. 1050. 1160. 1265. 1368. 1491 
LADIES' AUXILIARY. 
Ladies' Auxiliary.!. .52, 824. 466. 697. 728, 
837. 986. 1077, 1181. 1303. 1417. 
OUR CORRESPONDENTS. 

Our Correspondents 57. 171, 326, ifi, 

600. 733. 842. 989. 1081, 1186, 1308. 1422 
PERSONAL MENTION. 
Personal Mention ... 49. 165. 320. 462, 594, 

725, 834. 982. 1074, 1178, 1300. 1414 
PHOTOS. 
Atlanta & West Point and Western 
Railway of Alabama General Com- 
mittee 280 

Board of Directors 69^. 1278 

Curry, N. B. 849 

Delegates to American Federation of 

Labor Convention 814 

Duluth. Missabe St Northern Railway 

Genera] Committee •. 1m 

Erie Railroad General Committee 1080 

Port Worth & Denver City and Wichita 
Valley Railroad General Committee.. 148 

Henry, James ' 1898 

Pioneers. A Few of Our 1396, 1398 

Pol ndexter, David Charles 1428 

Quebec Central Railway General' Com- 
mittee 424 

Rawlins. Charles Bernard 1160 

SoUtude 938 

Springtime 658 

Wright. C„ A '. 724 

POBTICAU 
Poetical ...64. 168. 468. 699. 730, 839. 986. 

1079. 1182. 1305. 1413 



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CoUecUons of dues |1,086.00 

laitiaUoa fees collected 16.00 

Balance carried over from 1919.... 8.27 



n.059.27 

BIck benefits paid during: 
year 1307.85 

Salary, secretary and treas- 
urer 26.00 

Postage 2.48 

Bond premium, secretary 
and treasurer 8.00 

SUdosery • 1.20 

' 1888.68 

Balance on hand 1720.74 

A» 78 members participated in the refund 



BTo. c. ±1. Moms Daggea nis aeer. xne 
fourteenth always was his lucky day. 

Bro. "Josh" Forbes is a caller every Sun- 
day. 

A large attendance is expected hereafter 
at all the meetings. It Is the duty of every 
member to come in order to keep posted on 
conditions as they really are. 

There is not a non on this system, our 
membership paid up promptly for 1920, and 
over half are up-to-date for the first half 
of 1921. Brother, be, sure to pay your M. 
B. D. assessments as soon as you get the 
notice in order to be in good standing and 
protect your beneficiaries. This is an easy 
matter to overlook, but vital to the core. 

Come on with a few notes and make our 
write-up interesting for all. We have not 
bad one for several months, because T was 



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not sent any items and nothing: was re- 
ceived for this one. Apparently there is no 
interest in^ having: any. 

L. J. BRoueBBAU, S. & T., Cert. 62. 



Bo8ton, Mass., DJv. No. 156. 

We desire to express the heartfelt and 
fraternal sympathy of our metnbership to 
our worthy brother, William H. Crosby, 
owing to his bereavement in the recent death 
of his beloved wife, as noted in the personal 
6olumn of this issue of Thb Raiiaoad Tblbch 
RAPHER, and have forwarded to him appro- 
priate resolutions in regard thereto, which 
will also be spread upon the minutes of this 
division. (Signed) 

Geo. B. Pbndbrgast, 
Herbert Pbrrt and 
Wilbur B. Trussbll, 

Committee. 



Not tohat it ia, hut the human principles 
it atanda far should he our motive for 
patronage of the union lahelj ahop card and 
working button. 

Grand Trunk Ry., DIv. 1. 

Ottawa DhHaion — 

We are very grateful to Cert. No. 2538 
for last month's write-up and intend to have 
one regularly, providing the boys will for- 
ward me any news of interest. 

Bro. McNamara, at Eganville the past 
seven months relieving Bro. Millegan, is be- 
ing relieved temporarily by Bro. Rickerd. 

The many friends of J. A. McQuade, for- 
mer agent at Renfrew, for the past few 
years trainmaster at Ottawa for the N. Y. 
C, will learn of his death with much regret 
Our sincere sympathy is extended to his 
family. 

Bro. Vt. J. Oattes is now operator at Pem- 
broke. Bro. H. D. Reynolds assisted the 
agent there during the holiday rush. 

Bro. L. Q. Need ham is relieving Bro. Jen- 
nings at Madawaska, and Bro. Discher, Oas- 
selman second, is being temporarily relieved 
by Bro. Rowe. 

Bro. "Archie" Watson, of Whitehall, tak- 
ing elocution lessons, will be a candidate 
for the "orator" of our division during 
1921. 

New seniority lists and schedules will be 
mailed shortly to all up-to-date members. 

Some good brother "sign up" Ste. Justine 
and Lacolle, and we won't worry about Bro. 
"Bill" Middleton's threat to take "The Ban- 
ner Division" title away from us. 

Members are requested to apply for holi- 
days during January and February In order 
that our chief dispatcher may be enabled to 
relieve all entitled to vacations as promptly 
as possible. We are not entitled to any 
remuneration unless our applications are 
filed previous to September 80th. 



Try and remit for a full year's dues and 
get an annual, thus relieving Bro. Shaw of 
a great deal of extra work. 

The election for dele^tes, alternates and 
local chairman will be held next month 
(February). Any member in good standing 
can become a candidate providing his aoml- 
nation papers are signed by three other up- 
to-date members. 

I desire to thank the members of this 
division for the valuable assistance ren- 
dered me during 1920, a year in which we 
have much to be thankful for. Let us re- 
solve that during 1921 we will render the 
best service possible in recognition of the 
many privileges received and the fairness 
and Justice shown us by our local officials. 

You all have my best wishes f^r success 
and happiness throughout the New Year. 
F. A. Parent, L. C. Cert. 609. 



Chicago Diviaion — 

Bro. M. S. Davis, agent Wakelee, while 
visiting a few days in St. Joe, Mich., was 
relieved by Bro. C. W. McColee. 

Bro. Robins, third Vandalia Junctlpn, was 
struck by an auto on his way to work re- 
cently, laying him up several days. 

Bro. R. B. Thornton, Battle Creek, is on 
a three months trip to California. 

Bro. W. G. Miller, returning from a short 
visit at his home in Champaign, 111., relieved 
Bro. Davis at Olivers a few daj's on account 
of sickness, and then relieved Bro. Shina- 
barger, first Granger, three weeks. 

A new yard phone has just been installed 
between Belsay and Flint, which takes In 
the phones at Crapo and Burton streets, 
coal dock, round house, new yard office and 
Belsay Station. Dispatcher's phones have 
been placed In South Flint Tower, Torrey 
Siding and at the new Baker and Irving 
passing tracks on the diverted line. 

*'SN," Cert 169$. 



The union label ia a "home industry" 
builder and ahould receive your patronage, 

"Big Four" Railroad, Div. 3. 
Cairo Diviaion — 

Bro. Wilson, at Dock, on sick list, relieved 
by Bro. Laird. Bro. Settlemoir, ^ second 
Cairo, was also on sick list several days. 

Bro. Bright, while dispatching on South 
End a few days, was relieved by Bro. Mc- 
In tyre on first "DO." Later Bro. Claypool 
relieved Bro. Mclntyre, second "DG," who 
relieved the Dispatchers during the holidays. 

It is now Bro. B. A. Simpson, at "DQ," 
due to the good work of Bro. Bright, a 'Tiot 
shot" and "true blue" O. R. T.> 

Bro. Laws relieved Bro. Drake, third 
Rose Tower, for the Christmas holidays. 

Bros. Whalen and McConchle were re- 
cent Mt. Carmel visitors. 

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this Issue. Would like for you all to take 
in Interest in our write-up ; it will only take 
& few minutes to write up the notes you 
have gathered during the month. Send 
them in time so I can arrange and get them 
to St Louis ^ore the 25th. 

Let us strive to make the coming year 
I more happy and prosperous year than the 
one just past Cbrt. 714. 



Spend your unUm-ettmed money where you 
w(U receive heneftt therefrom — aak for the 
union label, card and button. 

C, 8t P^ M. A O. Ry., Dlv. 4. 

Northern DitHMonr— 

We are closing this year with every mem- 
ber paid up and every •*non" in line, except 
HeUinger, at Chippewa Falls. This has been 
brought about solely through correspondence 
snd the assistance of your local chairman 
has been able to get from the membership, 
which he thoroughly appreciates. 
' Division 4 has not spent one cent in or- 
ganizers' fees during the past three years, 
has kept the division free from "nons" and is 
closing this year without being compelled 
to drop a single member from the rolls for 
non-payment of dues. I want to thank Bro. 
Brooks especially for his kind co-ot>eration in 
helping to put and keep the division where 
It should be. 

Alth9ugh business is slack, owing to the 
mild weather and no demand for coal, and 
quite a number of men in other depart- 
ments have been laid off, only one telegraph 
position has been abolished so far on this 
division. 

Bro. Stark bid in Superior ticket agency, 
tlie highest paid position on the division, 
after 19 years' continuous service as agent 
and telegrapher at Superior Blast Ehid, where 
he was relieved by Bro. Cormley of second 
there, pending bulletin, relieved by Bro. L. 
N. Judge, who previously relieved Bro. Wei- 
gle while the latter was on his honeymoon. 

Bro. Fllby. Duluth, accompanied the Ma- 
sonic band to Winnipeg recently, where sev- 
eral rehearsals were given. 

Bro. P. C. Palmer, second Spooner, was 
relieved by Bro. P. D. Sinclair, of third 
there, a few dajrs on account of the death 
of relattves. 

Bro. H, A. Larson is now traveling for a 
candy company out of E2au Claire, and do- 
ing nicely. 

Bro. Bemhagen was off a few days, hunt- 
ing, recently. 

Bro. A. H. Berschnlder, third Tuscobia, 
rriieved on his honeymoon by Bro. Planum, 
who later relieved Bro. Enger, agent Mason, 
whae off hunting, and Bro. Cook, at Trego, 
a few days. 

Bro. C. F. Hsirbaok, off a few days on ac- 
cout of slckneM^ wms relieved by Bro. To- 



noll, who later went to first trick Chippewa 
Falls, pending bulletin. 

Bro. P. Heinz was relieved a few days 
by his daughter. Sister Lillian Heinz. 

I am indebted by Bros. Ruid and White 
for new^ items, the first I have received 
from anyone for months. I suggest to you 
other brothers, when there are any interest- 
ing happenings in your vicinity, that you 
mail them to me. "X," Cert. 230. 



Nebraska Division — 

Thousands of men throughout the coun- 
try are being laid off; there is a general 
tendency toward reduction in wages and 
widespread business depression ; therefore 
our ability to retain what we heretofore 
have gained is soon going to be tested to the 
utmost See that the ones you are working 
with or near are up to date, and encourage 
any who are likely to become delinquent to 
remain steadfast to the organization. . Our 
division is over 100 per cent solid. Let us 
keep it that way. We will soon need every 
dollar and every ounce of moral support 
that we can rally, as it takes money to ne- 
gotiate with managements, and a strong 
organization to back up our representatives. 

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to 
Bro. and Mrs. Shearer in the recent death 
of their 18-months-old child from pneumonia. 

A meeting will be held at Emerson, Sun- 
day afternoon, January 23. We earnestly 
desire every member who can possibly at- 
tend be there. Bro. LIddane will give us 
the latest information pertaining to the 
interests of the Order in general. Our last 
meeting was well attended and Indicated a 
revival of spirit among the members of our 
craft that boded well for the future. 

Our general chairman's report for the 
month of November shows that the back 
pay for the increase of three cents per hour 
allowed the car distributors several months 
ago has finally been mailed out Likewise 
the telegraphers in the general superin- 
tendent's office were awarded. All of which 
indicates the good work performed by our 
general chairman, in addition to handling 
dozens of other grievances, as well as at- 
tending conferences of extreme Importance 
pertaining to org^anized labor in general, and 
our craft in particular. C. J. WBtqandt. 



Eastern Division — 

Bro. Wry relieved Bro. Biggar, first Mer- 
rellan, and Bro. Zank, second Marshfield, a 
few days, and later relieved Bro. Peterson, 
second Eau Claire, while the latter visited 
his sick father-in-law at Ashland hospital. 
He also relieved Bro. Tyler, second Knapp, 
several days, and Bro. Hughdal, first EJau 
Claire, while the latetr was dispatching third 
a week. He then relieved Bro. Peterson 
again when the latter went to Phillips, Wis., 
Christmas Eve to be married. . 



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sister Schwartz relieved Bro. Reed, flrst 
East St Paul, on the sick list, several days. 

Bro. ^Kielty went to third Northline when 
Bro. Kroerstad was taken to St. Paul hos- 
pital, having previously relieved Bro. Wright 
, on second Northline, and Bro. Gray, first 
Sheppard, a few days. 

Bro. J. S. Johnson is back again at Tun- 
n^e nights, after a long siege of rheuma- 
tism, stjll somewhat crippled up. 

Bro. Srickson, agent Hustler, and Bro. 
Hoeppner, second Baldwin, were relieved a 
few days by Sister Solum. 

Bro. Hagan !s noW on second Black River 
Bridge. 

Bro. McCready bid In third Menomonie 
Jet., vice Bro. Helium. 

Bro. Moats, second Eau Claire River 
Bridge, and Bro. Janrar, second Milwaukee 
Crossing, Eau Claire, were off several ^ys 
recently. 

Bro. Francis has resumed Knapp agency. 
Bro. Chase, second there, then relieved Bro. 
Tyler, who relieved Bro. Nelson, first Fair- 
child, a few days. 

Bro. Finn, assistant car man Eau Claire, 
attended the American Train Dispatchers' 
Association meeting in Curtis Hotel, Minne- 
apolis, December 10th, to demonstrate his 
new patented train sheet, which he expects 
to be introduced shortly by the American 
Railway Association. Cert. 128. 



General Office DAni^ion — 

The employes of the General Ofilce are in 
a quandary as to what extent they will be 
affected if the rumors of a consolidation with 
the C. & N. W. should become a reality. 

Bro. £. A. Faudel, night manager,, spent a 
week visiting ^is folks at Beemer, Neb., re- 
lieved by Bro. A. K. Holmberg. G. T. Schal^ 
ler, former wire chief, now on pension, who 
relieves in this office in cases of emergency, 
is doing the relief work. 

Bro. D. D. Schibner spent Thanksgiving 
at his home in Truman, Minn. 

C. B. Davison, general telegraph super- 
visor, contemplates an operation in the near 
future for cataract on both eyes, and we all 
hope the operatioii will be successful. He 
is on the Job every day, rendering his usual 
valuable services, although only able now to 
distinguish the difference between light and 
darkness. 

A happy and prosperous new year to all. 
*'N," Cert. 260. 



Western Divi^icm— 

A series of meetings are being planned 
January 9th, Eau Claire; 10th, Spooner; 
16th, Mankato, and 23rd, at Emerson. A 
large turnout is expected at each of them. 

Miss Ruth Warner, daughter of Bro. and 
Mrs. O. H. Warner of X^ake Crystal, was 
married to Harold Overbold the 11th Inst 



Local Chairman Tenny went over the divi- 
sion recently and secured the following, we 
are pleased to advise, new members: M. B. 
Howe, Wm. Strande, W. J. and T. A. Ross, 
"E. J. Greskowiak, Allen Burdick, A. G. Jans- 
ma, W. N. Benton, P. D. Johnson, R* B. 
Severson, L. M. Barnort and C. W. Bisen- 
berg. After 18 years of earnest work there 
is not a single non or delinquent on this divi- 
sion. Bro. W. F. Walker, who relieved Bro. 
Tenney, later relieved Bro. Hayes, Sioux City 
Shops, and Bro. C. N. Frank, at Le Sueur, 
and Bro. S. D^ Fahey, St. James third, the 
latter spending the holidays with his mother 
in Northern Michigan. * 

Bro. Luckow is now agent at Elmore, vice 
J. B. Delmore, relief agent, appointed travel- 
ing freight agent, with headquarters at Bian- 
kato, succeeding H. W. Trueliton, transferred 
to Oklahoma territory. 

Bro. W. Richmond, first Lake Crystal, 
who has been at Mudbaden some time, re- 
turned home December 18th, slightly im- 
proved but still unable to work. Bro. C. T. 
Peterson, his relief, is visiting his folks in 
Wisconsin, relieved by Bro. Warner, relieved 
on second by Sister A. Peterson, with Bro. 
V. L. Reed on third. 

Bro. H. E. Phillips, relieving temporarily 
at Merriam, is being relieved at Shakapee 
by Sister Barnort 

Bro. W. M. Hale has resumed at Windom 
agency. 

Bro. C. B. Ofsthum, Merriam, is now with 
the N. P. Ry. near Superior. 

The sub-committee will meet in St Paul 
shortly to re-write our schedule and bring it 
up to date. 

This is the first Christmas in years when 
an the operators desiring to be relieved for 
the holidays have been able to have their 
wishes gratified. Not a single applicant waa 
disappointed. Cert. S27. 



We advance only as one helps the other. 
Boost the union label, card and button. 

Union Pacific R. R., Div. 6. 

Kansas Division — 

We entered 1921 with 940 scheduled posi- 
tions and over 1,000 members, this division 
leading with the highest percentage of mem- 
bership. Let us all make a resolution to. get 
a new member in 1921 if there are enough 
nons to go around. They have ridden free 
too long already. 

Rumors that the Seventh Division is to 
be moved to Camp Meade, Md., and Funaton 
abandoned, is making the boys at Camp 
Funs ton look around for a place to lielit. 
The Government is now handling the mail 
at Lindsborg, and the Western Union busi- 
ness is being handled from up town, result- 
ing in the telegrapher there being pulled oft. 

A. C. Cosley, Rock Island Junction, waa 
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Teiegrapbers' positions at Alexandria, £}d- 
g*r and Wathena first have been abolished. 

Bro. Swanson, agrent Axtell, while attend- 
ing court at Fairbury, was relieved by Bro. 
liarsh. Bro. Arnold, agent Hfiuiover, attend-- 
ed court at Washln^on for several days 
recently. 

Bro. Oabbard, third Sabetha, has gone 
with the Rock Island. 

Keep after the few ''n(m8" on the "GI" 
unto we make it 100 per cent. Every mem* 
ber get that "non" with or next to him, 
giving him no rest until he joins. If you do 
not Imow who they are. write the local chair- 
man or myself and you will be furnished a 
list 

Local Chairman Tompkins went over the 
line recently, securing several new members, 
indudlng 7. T. Gibbs, agent, and J. C. Janek, 
operator Hiawatha. He also lined up a few 
delinquents. Brothers, pay your dues prompt- 
ly. Hemember. you become delinquent Feb. 
28th. Let* s all, keep in good standing. 

Bro. Woods. Hansen, visited at Edgar be- . 
tween trains Sunday. Dec. 12th. 

Brothers, send any news you have of in- 
terest to me at Hanover. Kan., L>. Box 82. I 
will be glad to include it in the write-up. 

, G. M. Chraft, Cert. 1128. 



Wyoming Division — 

New members : Bros. Naah. Laramie ; Wil- 
sco. Keystone; Lambert, now relieving at 
Book River, and Sister Skogenon. Sidney. 



Bro. McKale, formerly at "NO' North 
Platte, now in the automobile business at 
Soattle, Wash., has an annual for 1921. 
Bros. Wlig, Hostetter, Byrne and others who 
are in business for themselves also carry 
up-to-dates. 

Secured several new members and more 
are expected this pay day, but the number 
will be several short of expectations. 

I wish to thank those who have aided me 
in securing new members since I have been 
appointed local chairman and ask the sup- 
port of all in the future. A local chairman's 
work is rather strenuous, but 1 shall do the 
best possible to keep it up. 

Pay your dues and M. B. D. assessments 
promptly, do your work well, Report' all 
schedule violations, keep after the nons and 
delinquents, and you will greatly help to 
lighten the burden. Remember the little 
motto, "NH) card, no favors" is a good one 
if lived up to. 

Mail your news items to me at Granite 
Canon before the 17th of each month. 

C. G. OsBORN, Cert. 353. 



All vcat achievements are the result of a 
large number of persons uniting in a mutual- 
ly helpful enterprise. Let us unite in de- 
manding the union label, card and button. 

Canadian Pacific Ry., Div. 7. 

Kelson Division — 

A meeting was held in the G. W. V. A. 
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12th, called to order by Local Chairman 
Willis, who discuased several local matters 
of Interest to the boys on this division, and 
then Introduced Oeneral Chairman Qilbert, 
Western Lines, who was given a splendid re- 
ception. 

Bro. Gilbert delivered a most interesting 
and instructive address on the recent sched- 
ule negotiations, and other matters of vital 
interest to us all, which was very much ap- 
precialed. 

The members of the Western Lines m;^y 
well be proud of our general chairman. 

A resolution was placed on the minutes, 
expressing the fullest confidence In our 
Schedule Committee, and our appreciation of 
its eilorts in our behalf. 

Some of the boys on the East End surely 
missed something by not attending this 
meeting. G. B. G., Cert. 266. 



Revelatoke Division — 

ESmulating a habit of our proximate wild 
neighbor, the grissly and family ar9U9, this 
section of the railroad, in company with 
other sections, I imagine, has snugly settled 
down for its annual hibernating hiatus, to- 
wit, a minimizing of depa^mental stafCs and 
minimum working hours for all. 

Sundays have been made compulsory holi- 
days at a good many of the smaller tele- 
graph points and the help at sundry offices 
cut. Glacier and Golden to an agent and two 
operators each; Stoney Creek second and 
third operators taken off ; one man apiece 
at Twin Butte, Illecillewaet and Ottertail, 
and the operator at ''N" office discontinued. 

Bro. Keech, agent Field, is being relieved 
three months by Bro. T. P. Homans; Bro. 
V. English, ex-third Golden, takes third "CK" 
>Cranbrook and relief dispatcher on that divi- 
sipn; Bro. Hanna resigned, succeeded by 
Bro. Burnstill, third "V," and he by Bro. 
Cottlngham, temporary "days" Sicamous. 
Bro. Whittaker now on the spare board, his 
Beavermouth agency going to Bro. Paggett, 
ex-Waldo. Bro. L, Bain, third "AC," illus- 
triously married, may mean another change 
and probably a relief. Bro. Timms, now 
•*P. S. T.,*' is doing a man's job, according 
to trainmen, in front of the dispatchers* "pic- 
ture book," while Bro. "G. W. M." (first 
relief), with good-natured tolerance, takes It 
easy at "AC" in wondering admiration and 
gratitude. 

Bro. Nichols (short for "F. M. N.") high- 
balled the division on the 16th, getting a 
"clear board" and running orders "from here 
to anywhere and return" with rights over 
everything except an extra special bank roll 
moving against the current of his traffic. 
He figures that two months will make a good 
"meet." 

Bro. H. J. Cnark, agent <3k>lden, returned 
from his recent tour of soutliem California 



radiating the cheerfxilness said to be earnest 
of that sunny clime and witli cerebral oob- 
webs dissipated, has settled down to man- 
handle business, coming or going. 

Bro. Elmer Little, tiHng of his unsuccess- 
ful efforts to colonize Glenogle, has tsken 
Waldo agency on the Crow. Bids are out 
for operator "GO," a good little burg, but 
save for whistlers, mountain goats, cinnamoo 
bears and fish it sure Is dog-goned lonesome. 
H. G. Rkddish, (^rt. 87 S2, 
Golden, B. C. 



Mooae Jaw Division, Saskatoheioan Dittrict^ 

This district has not had a write-up for 
some time. Any of the brothers having any 
items of interest kindly forward them to me. 

Nearly all the brothers from the South 
line attended the meeting in the town hall 
s&t Shaunavon, Deo. 7th, and returned home 
the next morning feeling well repaid for the 
time spent 

Local Chairman Merkley occupied the 
chair, and Bro. Sam Richards acted as sec- 
retary. The other brothers present were 
Foster, Melaval ; Palmer, Lafieche; HoDou- 
gall, Kincaid; Wilkinson. Hasenmore: 
March, Aneroid; Groff, Grouvemeur; Brown, 
Admiral; Smith, Scotsguard; Husk, Dollard. 
and Pinder, Webber. Bethime, Wlngfield and 
Clark, South Fork. 

The meeting opened at 8 :80 and after the 
minutes of the last meeting read Bro. Merk- 
ley gave an interesting and instructive talk 
on the new schedule and also explained tiie 
delay to our Schedule Committee while nego- 
tiations were being carried on in Montreal. 
The brothers present were well satisfied that 
no better course could have been taken than 
the one pursued by our conmiittee. 

The housing question has been brought to 
the notice of the proper official in Montreal 
and we hope something definite will be done 
to make the dwellings fit to live In and feel 
that we can call it a home. We want our 
officers to follow up this dwelling question 
until we are given the rooms down stairB 
necessary to make living worth while for 
our families. 

We missed Bro. Howells very much. The 
boys all hope that be will make a success 
of his new venture. 

A hearty vote of thanks was tendered our 
brother chief dispatcher for allowing the 
boys to get away to attend the meeting. 

The oyster supper after the meeting was 
a real treat. 

We are glad to state that the report shows 
only one non on the division. 

The meeting closed at 11:46* p. m. 

Brothers, forward at once the proportion 
(110.00) of the first month's increase asked 
by our Schedule Committee to Bro. Wilton 
and show him that Moose Jaw Division is 
not a back number. 

Bro. McTague has gone to Kantu City 
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to take a course in dentistry, relieved by 
Bro. Devlin at Assiniboia days. 
The season's greetings to all. 

Cbrt. 1680. 



Twiton Division, Ontario District — 

1%e meeting in St. James Hall, West 
Toronto, Dec 11th, ^as called to order at 
SaS p. m., with Chief Telegrapher Ander- 
MD in the (diair, Bro. Scott acting as secre- 
tary. There were sixty members present, 
bduding O^ieral Chairman Chapman and 
Bra Orscott of the London Division. 

Minutes of the previous meeting were read 
ind approved. * 

Bros. Chapman and Houston explained 
man^ matters of importance, including 
what the Express Committee had accom- 
plished, also the handling of grievances 
throogb the proper channels as per schedule, 
which were fully discussed by the brothers. 
It was decided that the names of all non 
members should be read at each meeting and 
that they should be solicited by the brothers 
on their respective divisions or any brother 
of influence in an effort to line them up. 

It was announced by Bro. Chapman that 
the Canadian Labor Board would be con- 
thraed. 

Bro. Brown of Agincourt, one of the old- 
est brothers^ spoke Ip regard to the special 
anefsm^it of $10.00 and it is hoped that 
all tiie brothers who had not yet remitted 
ther^or would do so at once. 

On account of no official notice having 
been issued in regard to the increase in 
dues, it was decided that those who have 
remitted |15.G0 should be credited with |2.00. 

Bro. Chapman called attention to the fact 
that it would soon be time to elect delegates 
to tile convention and the .number to which 
w% Would be entitled would depend upon the 
nomber of members in good standing, both 
as to dlvi8l<m dues and M. B. D. assessments. 

On motion of Bro. Wilkinson, seconded by 
Bro. Bradley, a vote of thanks was tendered 
to tiie committee for the schedule it had se- 
cured for us. 

Cteneral Chairman Chapman thanked the 
brothers for their kind remarks. 

This was one of the most successful and 
interesting meetings held for some time, be- 
mg well represented by all districts. It is 
hoped that all the members will make a spe- 
cial effort to attend future meetings and 
dlscots and transact business in a brotherly 
way. Although the hall was filled there was 
stfll lots of room to accommodate more. 

Several remarks and speeches by Bro. 
WUklnson kept the meeting in a good humor 
and we hope he will be able to attend regu- 
larly. 

The meeting closed at 11 p. m. 

CiRT. 1401. 



FamJiam Division--^ 

Since the last schedule revision, the in- 
crease allotted this division has been divided. 
Everybody apparently is satisfied, and all 
have drawn their back time. Our most sin- 
cere congratulations are extended to the 
Schedule Committee for the good work done 
this year. 

The meeting held at Famham, Sunday, 
October 24th, was well attended, Bro. Chap- 
man, as usual, erlving the boys a very Inter- 
esting talk. 

Winter business has started and most of 
the winter offices on £3ast Bnd have been 
opened. We welcome- Bros. Dauphin, Trot- 
tier, Lafreniere and Plante from the L»au- 
rcntian Division, the latter as agent At 
North Troy, who are with us again this win- 
ter, also Bros. Lefebvre and Laport from 
Montreal Terminals, and Bro. Berriault from 
Smiths Falls Division, now agent at Milan. 

Congratulations to Bros. Pope, train dis- 
patcher; Beaumier and R. S. Perrault, oper- 
ators Famham, upon an addition to their 
families. 

Bro. R. J. Gough was appointed night 
chief dispatcher Dec. 12th, relieved by Bro. 
D. A. Morisson. Congratulations. 

Anyone knowing anything about Delson as 
a town to live in will congratulate Bro. 
Bockus for taking unto himself a wife. 

I would remind the brothers who have 
not already done so to pay up the first 
month's increase, also to pay up dues 
promptly for next term. 

F. A. P., Cert 1101. 



OO'Operatiofi is the method of aU human 
progress. When spending money look for 
the union label, card and button. 

New York Central R. R., DIv. 8. 

Syracuse Division^- 

Our last morning meeting in Rochester 
was very poorly attended, only about a dozen 
members present when there should have 
been at least thirty, and only about twenty- 
five were at the evening meeting, when we 
should have had at least fifty. General 
Chairmen Morey and Leh, also the new as- 
sistant general chairman of' the L. V. R. R., 
Bro. Conlin, were with us, and Local Chair- 
man Mansell was at the evening meeting. 
Very interesting talks were made by Bros. 
Morey and Leh. The information the for- 
mer imparted would have surprised the ab- 
sentees. These meetings aro held only once 
a month and you should be able to spare 
at least one day a month to attend. 

I have notified each office on the West 
Shore of the next meeting, at which we are 
to discuss a banquet and dance to be held 
some time in January, and I hope everyone 
who possibly can will attend. 

My assistant, Sister V. N. Tilton, was 
recently married, as noted in the personal 



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t seems funny that the single 
the N. Y. C. allowed Bro. Allingr 
. to steal her away from us ; Bro. 
z, also Sister Cole and Bro. Blair 
[irried. These brothers and sis- 
>ur best wishes for their happi- 
rosperity. 

V Bros. Geo. Ray; Beach, at 
nd Retan, at Oakfleld, two more 

st Shore opened up with three 
a Churchville to East Buffloa 
the operators have been put back 
Junction, and there have been 
men put on, most of whom will 
th us. When any of you are 
ith a non or a new man old 
oln, get right after him and don't 
ccuse until you secure his appli- 
remember, "No card, no favors.*' 
R. Wheeler, second Wajnieport, 
eral days owing to the death of 
Lther. 

Brown, first Wayneport Coaling 
eave on account of poor health, 
Bro. Harry Tuck, and he at 
Jro. Wolfl, Akron Jui^ction. 
Toner, second Genesee Junction, 
w days recently ; also your scribe, 
vith an attack of LaGrippe. 
S. Van Auken, chief clerk, who 
hief Signalman Mastin, promoted 
Iter, relieved by Bro. Ward Bea- 

. Leo, from the Buffalo Division, 
Bro. Dan Callanan, second 
promoted to the copyera desk 

J. 

* dues promptly t<f Bro. W. P. 

irfu, N. Y., and your insurance 
to Acting Grand Secretary and 

3. J. Manion, Missouri State Life 

;. Louis, Mo. Be sure that your 

erly filled out when you send in 

irke, Reynolds, Bruce and Brown 

3ff for a long time. If you can 

: for them it will be greatly ap- 

P. L. HovKT, Cert. 1949, 

Bergen, N. Y. 

')ivi8ion — 

n now on, we are going to have 

in The Tblegraphbr for the 
division every month, so if you 
newsy suggestions, please send 
0. Slayton at Relius. 
r relieved Sister FitzGerald, second 
i, a few days. She has our con- 

and best wishes for her future 
She can now be addressed care 
rgins Apartments, Knowlesville, 

heehan and Klink are taking 
sons from the baggagen^an at 
Not all stations are blessed with 



a handsome baggage man and dancing in- 
structor combined. 

"^e regret to report that Bro. Miles, 
Brockport first, is seriously ill with typhoid 
fever, and hope for his speedy recovery. 

Bro. Tribe, Middleport first, has become 
very proficient as a chicken 9urgeon, having 
recently set one of his pullets broken legs. 

Get after the few nons. Leave your 
Teleoraphbr on the desk. It may induce 
them to hand you their application. Lefs 
all talk union, think union, live like union 
men should, and be real live members of 
the O. R. T. Cert. 2818. 



Hudson Division — 

Bro. Kenion, third SS 94, is on sick leave. 
Bro. Ed Groves, third SS 41, is improving. 
We hope they will both be back to work 
soon. 

It is now Bros. J. W. Doyle and W. J. 
Strobel. 

Brothers, read carefully the circular let- 
ter Issued by General Chairman Morey and 
you will note that your committee is doing 
the best it can for you and needs your co- 
operation and support. Every member get 
busy and there will soon not be a non in our 
territory. Make your New Year resolution, 
"No card, no favors." Members should not 
change tricks with nons where the latter are 
favored by such change. Tell them to get 
an up-to-date card, that they have been 
grafting long enou^fh. • 

Remember, the meeting night is the third 
Tuesday of each month at G. A. R. hall, 
27 Garden street, Pokeepsie. 

F. P. P., Cert 149. 



Pennsylvania Division — 

Bro. G. B. Miller, who was relieved by 
Phone Operator Miss Steiner while on a 
hunting trim, chaaed a porcupine seven miles 
thinking it was a bear. 

Bro. J. T. McGonigal, Cataract third, our 
noted hunter and trapper, killed a buck re- 
cently weighing 90 pounds. 

Bro. J. W. Potter, Karthaus second, also 
on a hunting trip, was relieved by Phone 
Operator Miss Rougeux. 

Bro. O. J. Powell is relieving Phone Oper- 
ator Fahringer. 

Bro. H. G. Peavy, who bid In '"WJ" seo 
ond, was succeeded on Mowry third by Bro. 
R. C. Schmoke, who moves so often that 
when his chickens hear a wagon doming 
they lay down to have their feet tied. 

Bro. E3rlckson, Walton third, recently 
bought a new bug and is trying his hardest 
to keep the rust off the 75 wire. 

Cebt. 2794. 



Beech Creek Subdivision — 

Bro. Lininger, "GW*' second, and Bro, 
J. T. McGonigal, Cataract third, were deer 
hunting recently. 



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Bra H. G. Peavy, Mowry third, bid in 
"WJ" second. 

Bro. G. B. Miller. "SX" f)rst> was off sick 
a few days. 

Sister Ruth Mc€k»nigal is Imck rfn Walton 
first after several months' illness. 

Bros. Roy Schmoke and J. A. Kostishion 
are now on second ^nd third Deer; Bro. 
I. W. McGoni^al on Gray first, and Sister 
Christine Murray on third there ; Bro. R. D. 
P^LTte on first and Bro. C. D. Jones on third, 
and Mrs. London on second "WB" ; Bros. 
Sherry, Kyler and Robison axe at "DT." 

Bro. M. T. Kyler, Curry Run, was relieved 
ft lew days recently by Sister B. L. Brelt- 
wise. 

Keep after the new ones and line 'em up.* 
Ronember, "No cord, no favora." 

I wish you all a Happy New Year. 

Cbrt. 2133. 



Grand Central Terminal — 

Bro. Lilly has finished his fishing trips 
for the season. 

Bro. Tucker has opened a first-class grill 
on the Albany post road, with residence and 
a double deck cellar in the rear. The boys 
will all be running their flivvers by the way 
of the Albany post road now. Pop Lilly can 
be seen any day on that road In his new 
Overland. 

Bro. Wright, third "A" abolished, disr 
placed Bro. Lilly, third "B," who 4s protest- 
in? the displacement. 

Bro. Joseph Curran, third "A," on account 
of last trick sheet being abolished, displaced 
Horstmann on second sheet at "A,"- who 
diiplaced Bro. Smith, second '*KS," who 
displaced Bro. Phelan, second "YD," who 
displaced Bro. Ready, second "G," back on 
list 

Bro. Williams bid in second at "C" vice 
Bro. Coleman, who bid in relief, vice Bro. 
Madigan, who bid in assistant directorship, 
second "A." 

Bros. McCarthy and Archlmbald are mak- 
ing great progress with their farm at White 
Plains. Their new Holstein has a pair of 
red^headed twins. 

Our two nons, one upstairs and one down, 
haven't rejected any back time checks yet. 

Bro. Thomas, having completed at "A," is 
at Tower "C" on the machine and will go 
to "B" when he finishes at "C." 

"TiD Bits," Cert. 1108. 



Bro. "Red" Lundy. second Williamsport. 
who intended to be present, had an attack 
of sleeping sickness and was unable to get 
out of bed. 

Commencing January 4th, 1921, there will 
be monthly meetings held at West Milton the 
first Tuesday of each month so that every 
member wUl have ample opportunity to at- 
tend. 

Bro. E. K. Noragong, second "NF" Tower, 
was off 15 dajrs recently on account of sick- 
ness. 

Bro. Hugh Maroney, second •*WG" Tower, 
was a recent Milton visitor. 

H. R. Clark, Cert. 267. 



Men progreee by helping one cmother. 
Patronize the union label, card and button, 

Philadelphia &, Reading R. R., DIv. 10. 
fifcamoWn Divieion — 

General Chairman McNeil gave us a very 
interesting talk at the meeting held at West 
Milton, Nov. 30th in regard to what the 
General Committee has been doing since its 
bioorporation in 1918. 



Each time you fail to patronize the union 
label, shop card or working button ia a loss 
to organized labor. 

Canadian Government Rys.»>Dlv. 11. 
Nipiasing Diviaioip— 

The meeting called at Capreol, Oht., Dec 
2nd, was attended by Bros, Disher, Boyce. 
Leavitt, Ladd, Abell, Dickey, Mullen and 
Healey, Capreol; Featherweather and 
Whalen, Mllnet; Walsh, Sellwood; McLeod, 
Laforest; Gilbert, Ruel ; Demers,. Gogama; 
Elliott and Warner, Foleyet ; May, Fire 
River; Cronk, Jellicoe ; Terris, Nipegon; 
Browley, Hanmer ; Stewart, Burwash ; Wald- 
brook, Alderdale; Nesbltt and Boyer, North 
Bay. 

The new schedule was explained and 
everybody appeared to be well satisfied ex- 
cept Bro. Lineman Elliott, who claimed the 
committee practically threw them out, "yet 
he has received more protection than any 
other lineman on account of being an ex- 
telegrapher and taking three-fourths of his 
s^iority standing among the telegraphers. 

There was an after-meeting held when 
Chairman McLeod, Secretary Walsh and 
Bros. Nesbltt, Demers and Healey enter- 
tained. On account of the hall ' being en- 
gaged by the I. O. O. F., the "Y" consented 
to give the telegraphers the committee room 
for their meeting, which I assure you was 
very much appreciated by the boys. Their 
kind attention to our outside members 
showed the right spirit for which the Y. M. 
C. A. stands. We hope the boys along the 
line who find it convenient to come to 
Capreol for an evening will take advantage 
of thev splendid building and become mem- 
bers of same, the fee being only five dollars 
a year. 



Superior Diviaion — 

After the new schedule had been drawn 
up the local chairman announced a meeting 
called at Homepayne, Ont., Dec. 9th. 

The cry has been for the last two years 
that the Superior Division boys did not know 
what was going on. 

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go up tlfere and enlighten the brothers, but 
only three members came out 

Brothers, the O. R. T. don't make the 
men, but ifs you who make the organiza- 
tion. J. H. Hbalbt, Local Chairman. 



St, Maurice Division — 

The only members who attended the meet- 
ing Dec. 2l8t at Victoria Hotel, Quebec, 
were Chairman Arcaud, Secretary Lahaye, 
G. A. Patry, J. H. Gignac, J. R. Audet, J. C. 
Harrigan, J. A. Patry, . B. A. Cloutier and 
J. E. Landry, nine all told, when at least 
twenty should have been present. Some 
who came to the city were apparently unable 
to find the meeting halt It is not very en-f 
couraging to call meetings and have such a 
poor assistance. We had fourteen at O'Brien, 
which shows better interest. 

The new schedule rules were discussed. 
There was liot many changes in them as 
we thought the more important was the 
money question and for us the promotion 
district. Sotne of the members who were 
in favor of our old promotion district did 
not appreciate changing It, and we are prac- 
tically back where we were before, with the 
adding of Cochrane Division. In the mean- 
time until we have a new schedule those 
who are not satisfied will please note the 
new transfer clause. 

The assessment for this schedule is |20. 
As soon as you get your back pay let me 
know when they pay It. There are still 
three or four old members on this district 
who have not paid their assessment for the 
1918 schedule. I have also sent them two 
circulars. I am sending everyone the slip 
notifying them to pay their dues and hope 
everyone will get a yearly card who can do 
so and lessen the work of our general sec- 
retary. Stay close to your key and save the . 
dispatcher unnecessary calling. 

I need some help, if you wish to see a 
write-up in The Tblbgrapher every month. 
I want Bro. Patry of Cap Rouge, Bro. Char- 
land of Oscalanea, and Bro. Roberge of 
Trot ta way to drop me some notes the 10th 
of each month. Please don't forget. 

J. E. Arcaud, L. C, Cert 686. 



Constant demand for the union label, card 
and button means ultimate success for our 
movement, 

Delaware A Hudson R. R., DIv. 12. 

Pennsylvania Division — 

Brothers, your assistance and co-operation 
is earnestly requested in lining up the few 
remaining nons on this division, "NV" 
branch and South End in order that we may 
begin the new year with a 100 per cent or- 
ganization. I will be gleul to furnish their 
names to any who do not know them. 

We now have a membership to be proud 
of and should all, beginning with the new 



year, work diligently and faithfully aa we 
have never worked before to get in these 
nons' so that they may carry their share 
of the load we have been carrying so long 
for them. ' 

I win appreciate any suggestions or ad- 
vice. You will not overburden me with any 
matters in the interests of the membership. 
That's what I am here for, and am always 
ready, to do my duty. 

If you have a just and honest claim I will 
be glad to handle it for adjustment If 
things are not being run to suit you, don't 
drop out That will never get you anything 
or anywhere. Take such matters up with 
the committee. Anything you do not fully 
understand will be explained to you. 

That which has been obtained, the results 
accomplished and the leu-ge number of oases, 
including "money" or back pay cases suc- 
cessfully adjusted with the management of 
the Pennsylvania Division, speaks for itself 
in >]efense of the represehtation that you 
have had, and if you all will continue to 
give me your undivided support during the 
remainder of my term of office I will do even 
more than my share. 

Remember our old "slogan" so sucoees- 
fuUy applied in securing applications when 
other means have failed. Those who are 
not 'i^ith us are always against us, and un- 
til they can show you an up-to-date card 
dbn't forget '*N'o card, no favors,** 

I have served you over two years, and my 
only regret is that greater results could not 
have been accomplished, but I have given 
you the best that is in me. 

The election of officers will take place in 
February, when it will be your duty as loyal 
members to select a local chairman for this 
division and a delegate to the coming Grand 
Division Convention. EHect the best men with- 
in your ranks for these positions, then stand 
behind them with your whole-hearted and 
honest support and both yourselves and the 
organization will be crowned with success. 

If my record as ■ local chairman for the 
past two years (which spealcs for itself) 
merits your approval, it would be exceed- 
ingly gratifying to me and I would very 
much appreciate the privilege of representing 
you both as local chairman and delegate 
for the coming two years, especially calling 
your attention to the fact that your local 
chairman serves you without any compensa- 
tion, and that it is an established precedent 
and practice on all of the standard railroads 
of the country fOr the loyal membership to 
show their appreciation and gratitude for 
what has been done for them by sending 
their local chairman to the convention as 
their delegate. A. G. Grigos, L. C, 

1433 Capouse Ave., Scranton, Pa. 



Susquehanna Division — ■ 

Bro. E. T. Lawrence, at P. A. Tower, re; 

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Throucrh the kindness of Bro. Ausley. 
"MO" Eastern, N. C, was supplied with 
Thfiuiksgivlng turkeys at almost pre-war 
prices. Let's name him Hoover. 

Te scribe has put in about 80 days solid 
time working on his motor car. If anyohe 
wants it "cheap/' happen along when it's 
broken down. 

I am indebted to Bro. Chambliss for South 
End notes. 

It's time to pay dues and M. B. D. assess- 
ments. Remit promptly and make that non 
or delinquent working next to you do like- 
wise. Cert. 847. 



Waycroaa District — 

Bro. Bramlett, third Dupont, bid in Val- 
dosta second, vice Bro. Howe, resigned to 
enter other fields. ' 

Bro. Sweat, first Boston, was relieved a 
few days by Bro. Sweat of second, and he 
by Extra Groover, who later relieved Bro. 
Hosendorf, Stockton agency, on account of 
sickness. 

Let's all remit our dues for next year 
promptly and all who can do so get an an- 
nual card, saving time and trouble for our 
officers as well as ourselves. Keep after 
the few nons, and remember, "No card, no 
favors." Let's try and make our district 
100 per cent next year. 

I. have been appointed correspondent to 
succeed Bro. Crittenden. Let me have all 
the news you can by the 20th, so I can ar- 
range and get them into St. Louis before 
the 25 th. All you extra boys keep me posted 
where you work. Let's try and have a write- 
up each month. 

J. C. Adams. Cert. 715. 



Play fair — spend union earned money for 
union-labeled products. 

Michigan Central R. R., Div. 16. 

Northern Division — 

Bro. H. W. Stewart, first Rives Junction, 
resigned to go into other business, succeeded 
by Bro. Bullock, and he at Oakley agency by 
Bro. Ward Jennings. 

Bro. O. E. Gilbert, third Bay City W. S., 
bid in Chesanlng first, succeeded by Bro. I. 
A. Nowak, and he on second Salzburg by 
Bro. Jack Bartlett, and Bro. Adrian, third 
West Branch, bid in second St. Charles. 

It Is now Bro. P. E. Ososky at Lansing 
Yard. 

Bro. Glen Gould relieved Bro. Huffman, 
agent Bath, a few days. Bro. Gilpin relieved 
Bro. Mapes, second Mason. Bro. L. R. Por- 
ter relieved Sister Butterfield, first Saginaw, 
Bro. Adrian going on third there, and Bro. 
Bill Cummings relieved Bro. Stewart, agent 
Topinabee, several dajrg, the three latter on 
account of sickness. 

Bro. Bill Stokes, Bay City W. S. third, 
visited in Chicago recently. 



Bros. Tahr and Cummings have been 
spending most of their time in the account- 
ant's office at Bay City getting out back 
time rolls. 

Our sympathy is extended to Bro. Thorns 
of Owosso, who lost his father Dec. 18th. 

Bro. Hovarter is back on second Chea- 
aning, Bro. Thompson taking third there, re- 
lieving Sister Mallette. 

Bro. Slade is now second trick dispatcher 
,on Saginaw Division, W. H. Caldwell taking: 
relief dispatcher. Bro. Needham bumped 
Bro. Euberhorst. Bro. Johnson taking third 
on Mackinaw division, and P. B, Gardner 
has been made chief dispatcher. 

Bro. Hank Hamsey is now relief agent at 
Newton, Kansas, for the Santa Pe, and Jack 
Kerby In the claim department of the M. P. 
at St. Louis, Mo. Cbrt. 63. 



Play safe — take no chances! Unsanitary 
sweatshops are the breeding places of harnt^ 
ful germs, insure your health by being a 
patron of the union label, card and button. 

'Pennsylvania Railroad, DIv. 17. 

Atlantic Division — 

We are closing the year with a fairly 
good membership, and if those who have 
promised to join in January make good, we 
will have our expected number. Let us re- 
mit our dues promptly to Bro. W. M. Skin- 
ner, Baltimore, and our M. B. D. assess- 
ments to Bro. E. J. Manion, Acting Grand 
Secretary and Treasurer, St. Lo|iis, Mo., pro- 
tecting our beneficiaries, and also saving: 
Bro. Peacock a lot of unnecessary work, who 
has just returned from a few days gunning: 
trip. 

Our extnt men are kept pretty well em- 
ployed. 

Sisters Reilly and Barker, who have gone 
back to Rochester, N. T., may be with us 
again next season. 

Sister Evelyn Blizzard is on the sick list. 
We hope she will soon return fully restored 
to health. 

We hope you had a "Merry Christmas** 
and wish you all a "Happy New Year." 

ClBT. 74. 



Baltimore Division — 

It is gratifying to note the progress this 
division has made in maintaining the lead- ' 
ing membership of any division on the Penn- 
sylvania System, both among the agents and 
telegraphers, and we hope 1921 will show 
us still in the front ranks. 

The membership generally on this division 
are securing annuals, which shows the prop- 
er spirit toward the organization. 

Our monthly meetings are usually well at« 
tended, and we are honored with the pres- 
ence of General Chairman Miller and Gen- 
eral Secretary Skinner, when they are in 
town and can be present, and they both have 
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engaged on his farm during the fall, but it 
seems to have a^eed with him as he is tak- 
ing on weight. 

Bro. F. T. Gale, working: the dispatcher's 
job several weeks, we are glad to know, 
made good, as he is one of our reliable, up- 
to-date members. 

Understand Bros. ft. W. and C. C. Sutton 
bagged more game this season than any 
other hunters on the division. 

To prevent Bro. H. J. Yeagy celling, pay 
your dues at once ; otherwise he will be after 
you. 

Happy New Year to all. "Jimmt." 



CumherJand Valley Division — 

"101" Washington street, Mechanicsbunr, 
opened December Ist by Bros. Yocum, Mur- 
phy and Fox. 

Bro. H. H. Hoy enjoyed the South Moun- 
tain breezes a week chasing the fleet-footed 
deer. Bro. ^Boyne was also on a deer hunt 
recently. 

Bro. H. M. Stevick was absent some time 
owing to a nervous break down. 

Bro. P. D. Preidinger has resumed at Oak- 
ville after several months' illness. 

Local Chairman Knuckles of the Sunbury 
Division was recently in our midst giving 
«8 the glad hand, rein.stating delinquents and 
««€uring applications from a number of 
•fenti and operators. There are now very 
few oons on this division. Cbrt. 8113. 



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Norfolk Division— 

Bro. Pote spent his relief days with rela- 
tives in Somerset County, and Bro. Boyce 



Bro. James A. Rew, who, due to reduction 
in force, accepted the South Knd Relief, took 
two weeks off Christmas, relieved by Bro. 
Walter H. Trader, whon^ we hope can line 
up a few of the nons. 

Bro. F. F. Buchanan, first "MY" Tower, 
spent an enjoyable relief day ducking. We 
hope to see him at some of our Cape Charles 
meetings. 

Bro. S. C. Chum has his old trick at *'CJ" 
Tower again, due to reduction in force in the 
"GM" telegraph offloe, but will continue to 
work extra at the latter point. He is due 
to have an operation performed at the Sarah 
Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, next month for 
stomach trouble. Brothers, try to run over 
to see him and help to hurry his recovery. 

We are glad to welcome to our Order Bro. 
Merrill B. Kitchens, extra dispatcher and 
clerk to the first trick dispatcher. We hope 
he can attend our regular meetings the sec- 
ond Sunday in each month at Cape Charles. 

Boys, we are getting up a team to confer 
the degrees on each new member. Come up 
and give us some good stunts. Bro. Cole- 
burn, second "CJ," is right in town, so we 
expect him up to the hall some Sunday. 

Don't forget your O. R. T. dues and M. 
B. D. assessments, now due. Don't let the 
, organizers have to solicit you again. It all 
means work. Cert. 1687. 



Philadelphia Terminal Division — 

Owing to a severe rain storm the first ses- 
sion of our December meeting was not 
overly crowded, but the night meeting had 
a rousing and enthusiastic crowd. Local 
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Chairman Dewey outlined the work carried 
on for the previous thirty days in his dlB- 
trlct» besides giving a detailed report as to 
the activities and accomplishment of our 
General Committee. These meetings are in- 
teresting and positively encouraging. 

Bro. Swartz, relieved on second "62" by 
Mrs. Barttett, filled in at "FY" and "NR- on 
the levers. 

Any brother thinking of buying an auto- 
mobile should call on Bro. Edward Porter. 

Assistant Train Master Quinn Is now with 
the Cunningham Piano Company.^ 

Mrs. Chandleer, formerly Sister Pubance, 
is the mother of a young daughter. 

The Bsch-Cummings law Is beginning to 
pinch the feet of those who were so anxious 
for its passage. 

Bro. Morrison promoted to assistant to 
train director on second at "A." relieved by 
Bro. Dunleavy, who is back on the Elevated 
again. 

Too much public Information is being 
given out to the nons. Brothers, when you 
know anything of advantage, keep it to your- 
self and simply tell the nons where they 
can secure an application blank. 

A recent shakeup in "S" office has cer- 
tainly taken the pride out of certain would- 
be officials. 

Bro. Costello was off sick a few days re- 
cently. 

The new annual- pass, becoming effective 
January, 1921, means much Joy to the many, 
together with the lady of the house. Now, 
boys, line up quickly for this dues period, 
and all who can possibly do so get an 
annual. 

Happy New Year to all. Cbrt. 2070. 



**VD** Oen. Suptt. Office, Harriaburg, Pa. — 

The regular meeting Dec. 12th was well 
attended, Bros. McNeal of the P. & R, 
and Local Chairman Leyder of the Philadel- 
phia Division, gave us Interesting talks. 
There are still a few here we should line up. 
"No card, no favors*' seems to be the only 
way to get them. Let every member become 
an organizer and "get busy*' on those who 
have promised to join. To keep ^hat we 
have and get what we want, we must be up 
and doing. 

Brothers, pay your dues promptly to Bro. 
Skinner, and your M. B. D. assessments di- 
rect to Acting Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
Bro. E. J. Manlon. Let's make this office 
100 per cent and have no more delinquents 
or nons. 

We are glad to have Bro. Jimmy Carroll 
back with us again after almost a year's 
absence, due to ill health. 

Bro. T. C. McClelland acted as assistant 
manager, 11 to 7, while Bro. Bowman was 
off a few days. 

Bro. N. F. Miller Is on "F" side wires 
extra. 



Bro. W. A. Foreman is back agaia t^t 
"NA," due to a reduction in force. 

Bro. J. M. Fink, on the "owl trick," had 
some schedule worked up for the night force, 
which we all appreciated. Bro. A. H. Epp- 
ler working that trick awhile. 

Bros. Frlskhom and Rougheux are headed 
homeward from Texas. 

Bro. Crouss Is *back at "Q" days again, 
Bro. Chas. Root taking the relIe^the former 
bid in, due to Bro. Foreman taking "NA." 

I cannot reach all the boys, and Bro. 
Crouse, the assistant scribe, has probably 
not yet become settled enough to send In 
any Items. In order to have a write-up reg- 
ularly you wi^l all have to furnish me the 
news on or before the 15th of each month. 

We trust every member who can will get 
an annual card. "OFNa," Cert. 1098. 

Pennsylvania Division, Fall Brook District — 

We closed 1920 with possibly Jthe largest 
membership we have ever had, which be- 
speaks volumes in silent appreciation and 
confidence. Although conscious that we are 
yet tAr short of the goal of our aspirations, 
it shows that the right route is reoogniated 
and good judgment has been exercised by 
getting into the harness side by side ready 
to share the responsibilities both moral and 
financial on a level which must command 
the admiration of even the unitiated. Un- 
selfish devotion eliminates personal singular 
I with the plural. Let us be all it ImplieB. 

By paying dues for the full year we will 
receive an annual card,- which means a sav- 
ing of postage, money order fees and worry ; 
try It. 

Remember that not only our dues but our 
Mutual Benefit Department assessments 
should also be paid promptly, for even after 
we have passed to the great beyond, it helps 
to care for parents, widows and children left 
behind, and during these times of high cost 
of living its importance multiplies. Please 
do not delay, but attend to this today if you 
have not already done so and do not re- 
quire those you love so dearly to experience 
such a loss through your neglect. 

Junius third and Barnes and Post Creek 
three tricks have been recently « opened, the 
block work discontinued at Beaver Dams and 
"BD" three tricks created at the north end 
of the yard. 

Beaver Dams agency is now bulletined, 
1.45 p. m. to 9 :45 p. m., rather imseasonable 
hours for a station agent, and it is possible 
that this and other conditions has much to 
do with causing such a crying need for de- 
sirable candidates for agents or even to hold 
those thus engaged. The requirement and 
duties of station, agents today are such that 
they are entitled to a liberal consideration. 
' The traffic on this division has been un- 
usually heavy, causing everyone to be busy, 
and active employment usually creates 
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healthy conditions if renumerative, which* 
iB a pinnacle point these times. 

The deer hunting season along the Pine 
Creek sccUon of this line has had its share 
of attention this year and possibly the more 
strenuous from the fact the Whole fifteen 
days of the season were snowless. 

The sad news of the death of Mrs. Wil- 
liam Hallahan, mother of Night Chief !D. S., 
and Second Trick Dispatcher J. J. HeOlahan, 
was received with sorrow, and her grief- 
stricken family have the deepest sympathy 
of their co-workers. 

Our Coming meeting I>ec. 30th ult was 
fairly well attended, but not to the extent 
that it was entitled to. Let us make more 
of an effort to attend meetings when called 
to order that the full effects may be fully 
realized. 

It is a pleasure to announce the marriage 
of Bro. J. W. Dee, and we assure him that 
he has our best wishes for his future happi- 
ness. 

Several new operators recently entered the 
service on this district. We should make 
it our business to see if they are in posses- 
sion of an up-to-date card and if not advise 
oar local chairman and assist him in lining 
them up. 

I wish you one and all a happy and pros- 
perous year of 1921, with a write-up in Thb 
TiLEQRAPHBS every month. Cbrt. 206. 



Sunhury DiviaUm — 

Quite a number of our boys attended the 
Lehigh Valley meeting at Wilkes-Barre, Dec 
llth. and were very much impressed with 
the report of General Chairman Leh on the 
progress made by the Order on that road. 
The VaUey boys are to be comf)limented in 
having a man of such exceptional ability to 
lead them. 

Local Chairman Nucklas, a member of the 
reduced General Committee, negotiating 
with the general manager for a schedule of 
niles and working conditions for several 
months, has returned to duty, with the mat- 
ter still unsettled. Considerable progress has 
been made, however, and it is expected that 
at the next meeting a settlement will be 
made and a schedule secured that will weil 
repay the long wait. 

Quite a few new members have been taken 
to recently, with the promise of several 
more after January 1st. Brothers, show the 
tew remai ning nons how it will be to their 
advantage to Join. Lay off the rough stuff. 
Abusing a man for refusing to come in will 
never get us anjrwhere. While I am far 
from being a "kid glove" exponent, I am a 
firm believer In the old saw that "you can 
catch more flies with molasses than vine- 
8ar." Foltow this rule when gohig after a 
non and sucoess will sooner or later crown 
your efforts. Cmrr. 1072. 



Williamsport Division — 

Bro. N. A. Steffen, the crack shot of Hali- 
fax, bagged a fine wild turkey the first day 
of the season. Bro. W. E, Williams spent 
the first week in December in the wilds hunt- 
ing large game. 

Bro. H. B. Putt was off recently owing 
to his wife's illness, and Bro. A. R, Fenster- 
macher on account of the illness of his wife 
and daughter. 

Bro. J. T. Fenstermacher bid in third 
"CF," vice Bro. L. EL Bngle, who goes back 
on third "HU" again, making it more con- 
venient living at Hemdon. 

Bro. C. H. Fenstermacher, who has . pur- 
chased a very fine farm at Mahantango, will 
furnish potatoes cheap to O. R. T. boys. 

Bro. Geo. C. Leister took the prise this 
year for raising the largest celery. 

Bro. H. J. Engle .has been very busy the 
last few months delivering coal. 

Bros. C. I. Snyder and M. W. Bee^ traded 
>obs for three months in order to allow the 
latter to upholster his furniture. 

Thanks to Bro. Atwood, Wetzel, for a 
bunch of personals. Thanks. 

Freight traflfic is exceptionally heavy, 
crews being frequently called out at the ex- 
piration of their legal rest period. 

The telegraph department has been econ- 
omized by eliminating the "tower cleaners." 

Fellow workers, watch the Congressmen. 
Advise your representative that you are 
reading *' Labor," and don't forget to remit 
12.00 to its publishers. Machinists Building. 
Washington, D. C. It contains correct and 
enlightening information. Cbrt. 162. 



Middle Division— 

The Reduced General Committee held con- 
ferences with the management November 
4th, 10th and 19th, and filed a counter pro- 
posal to the management's second proposal, 
pending a reply as to a date for a further 
hearing cm our schedule negotiations. The 
restoration of the two relief days with pay 
was asked for at th^ first conference. 

Sister E. J. Royce is traveling through 
California. We all hope /or her speedy re- 
turn fully restored to her former good 
health. Up to the time she met with an 
accident at "KZ" she was considered the 
best all-round athlete on this division. 

Bro. David E. Treese, who met with a 
motorcycle accident several months ago, was 
recently quarantined on account of his wife 
having diphtheria. We hope she will soon 
recover and Bro. Treese be able to resume 
duty. 

Bros. C. E. Simpkins and Clarence B. 
Meloy spent several days recently hunting, 
the former getting a deer and two bears, 
Bro. Meloy securing one deer weighing 125 
pounds. A number of our other boys have 
been off hunting large game. 

Bro. "Commissioner" M. M. O'Mara luu 
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b^n made president of the "Million-Dollar 
Syndicate" at "QD" and everybody is now 
welcome to a cup of free coffee during the 
winter weather. 

Bro. C. W. Sneath reports good hos killing 
along the Juniata. Any hungry brother 
passing that way is welcome to a mess of 
free sausage. 

Bro. George H. Steele reports summer 
profits excellent, and is now ready for the 
ice crop. 

Quite a number of the Middle Division 
boys attended a pig roast at New Florence 
given by the Pittsburgh Division boys, with 
lots of pig served with all the good things 
to make such a feast enjoyable. Local Chair- 
man J. H. McOrail introduced Local Chair- 
man Seymour of this division as the "cham- 
pion pork eater," and was surprised to see 
him defeated by Bro. "Bunt" Long, who ate 
three and one-half more plates of pig than 
Seymour. We^all congratulate Bro. Beck, 
of Pittsburgh, and other brothers for the 
successful affair. 

Brothers, do all in your power to render 
efficient service, report trains to dispatcher 
promptly and call his attention to conditions 
that might help in the safe movement of 
traffic. The unnecessary stoppage of one 
train may mean hours of detention to others. 
Let us all stay awake on duty and do oui 
sleeping at home. 

The dues-paying period is here. Remit 
them promptly to Bro. W. M. Skinner. 71-72 
Gunther Building, Baltimore, Md., and the 
mutual benefit assessments to Bro. E. J. 
Manion, Acting G. S. & T., Missouri State 
Life Building, St. Louis, Mo. All who can 
do so take out yearly cards as the better 
business proposition. 

I wish you all a Happy New Year. 

Cbrt. 16. 



Pittsburgh Division — 

Bro. Thos. A. 0*Brien of Latrobe, one of 
the oldest employes on this division and 
a member for many years, died Nov. 4th. 
Our sympathy is extended to his widowed 
wife and nine children. Either through mis- 
understanding or neglect the brothers failed 
to send a floral tribute. In all future deaths 
of a member, those living In the vicinity 
should furnish a floral tribute, either through 
contribution or draw on the funds of Divi- 
sion No. 17 up to $10 In order that some 
fraternal token may be in evidence during 
the last sad rites of a departed brother. 

I trust it will not be necessary for the 
chairman to write careless delinquents for 
the payment of their dues this term. He has 
sufficient work without being obliged to keep 
old members In line, or solicit new ones. The 
members should not permit the nons to Im- 
pose upon them by drawing benefits they 
bave not contributed to. Through organized 



. effort the telegrapher and all who come un- 
der that class have made progress, and in 
recent award, financially, all received $28S.O0 
a year, $24.00 a month, $0.80 a day, for 
which the organization only asks |12.00 a 
year, $1.00 a month, or three and one-half 
cents a day. He who pockets it all and re- 
turns nothing — well, this is not asbestos pa^ 
per so I won't write my opinions of such 
on it. 

There is much publication in the daily 
press about efforts of certain employing in- 
terests to establish what they wish to term 
"The Open Shop." This is a generality 
which seems to have all the ear marks of a 
clever attempt of what might .be compared 
to "The Cave Man" in modem industry. It 
looks like the "open door" to throw organ- 
ized me9 out and invite unorganized In — an 
effort of organized dollars to crush organ- 
ized men. 

.If all labor organizations wtsre destroyed 
by a single stroke it would not blot out "the 
labor problem," which there are only two 
ways to handle, either by mutual agreement 
between the representatives of those who 
desire to buy "labor" and those who desire 
to sell it, or by the methods of the "despot." 
Destroy labor organizations and necessity 
will devise some other way, one perhaps 

' that might cause industrial despots to re- 
grret that they destroyed the former. Death 
would be preferable to a return to slavery, 
and the milltxint power of labor organized 
Is all that prevents the return to slaver>-, 
through the force of "greed." 

The election again shows that the worlcer 
cannot be politically guided by the mere 
edict of a labor leader. Blind partisanship 
is not overcome by a command. It takes 
years of education to blast the unthinking 
worker away from a practice that has be- 
come almost a second nature to him. When 
he does t^ink it usually is along some frothy 
issue far removed from his economic wel- 
fare. Contribute your little share by ex- 
horting your 'brother workers to patronize 
and read labor's publications. Any brother 
desiring to subscribe for ^'Labor** can for- 
ward $2.00 to Edw. Keating, Machinists 
Building, Washington, D. C, or send $1.00 
tft LaFoIlette's Magazine, Madison, Wis. If 
you wish to learn of the contaminating In- 
fluence of profits in the popular educational 
medium ("The Press"), send $0.65 to Upton 
Sinclair, Pasadena, Cal., and secure copy 
of "The Brass Check." 

"Anti-strike laws" have again made their 
appearance since the election. Why worry? 
All the laws ever made by man will never 
overcome a natural law. The strike is in- 
herent in nature. Every species will fight 
if endangered. Man as an Individual will 
protest against imposition (and the strike is 
only the industrial name for protest) ^ and 
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defense" will force him join witli otliers, do 
ecdiectively what is in his individixal nature, 
and defend himself from tyranny either im- 
• perial or industrikL Senator Cummins and 
Governor Alien can cover the capitols at 
Washington and Topeka with laws, and men 
will strike when goaded to such action. 
Strike against conditions, against the laws 
and against the authors of them. You can- 
not shackle human nature by statute. You 
cannot confine it in jails. Some of our 
statesmen, and ^'toould-be statesmen," should 
study economic law and biology in connec- 
tion with history, and they will pass less 
ridiculous laws. The worm will turn if 
trod on. Cert. 10. 



"GO" Relay, PUUburgh, Pa.— 

Lefs remit our dues promptly, direct or 
through our local chairman. Dont* wait un- 
til the last minute, nor become delinquent 
We are practically solid now. Let's keep 
it that way. 

When a new operator comes here to work, 
Ko after him and help our local chairman 
to line him up. Don't wait to be asked. No- 
tify him and he will do the rest. 

Kew members : R. C. Talley, C. E. Brower, 
E. A. Frank and L. R. Wagner, making every 
operator here up to date. The only ones 
etin out, ever willing to accept the bene- 
fits derived through our efforts, are five of 
the supervisory force. If you don't know 
where the "nons** are located, ask the local 
chairman, then go after them and enforce 
our motto: "No card, no favors/* to the 
limit 

Bro. Kephart, who went hunting up In the 
wflds of Pennsylvania, claims he saw a 
deer. 

Operator Shook, who ser\'ed the company 
» for over fifty years, pensioned December 3. 
1320, was presented with a gold watch and 
chain by the employes here. 

Harrj' Harbison, who called on Chief Oper- 
ator Porter recently, formerly worked in 
' this building and has many friends here. 

Bro. IQIckell's apartment, East End, nar- 
rowly escaped destruction by fire December 
20th, from an overheated furnace. 

We all extend our sympathy to Sister 
Helena Deer, whose home burned. 

Bro. Gtorin's recent indisposition, we un- 
derstand, was caused by the mall from Can- 
onsburg being late. 

We wonder why Bro. Delaney makes so 
n»ny trips out on the Pan Handle lately. 

Miss Sara Wallace was recently promoted 
from apprentice to perforator operator. Con- 
gratulations. Miss Jeane Moran, second trick 
perforator operator, is now on first as an 
apprentice. Mrs. Borden, apprentice, is mak- 
taff quite a hit with her hand-painted wares. 

Cbbt.*7611. 



Pittsburgh Terminal Division — . 

Two very interesting meetings were held 
at Hotel Henry, Pittsburgh, Pa,, at 9 a. m. 
and 8 p. m., December 7 th, presided over by 
Local Chairman Carlson of this division. 

Local Chairman McGrail of the Western 
Pittsburgh Division, who Is also a member 
of the general committee of Division 17, was 
the principal speaker at both meetings,, 
which were well attended. 

Bro. McGrail came to us fresh from Phila- 
delphia, where the general committee has 
been in conference with the Penna. System 
ofincials, and was able to give ua some very 
interesting Information as to what is being 
accomplished. 

Our schedule, covering the entire system, 
should be handed out soon, with the chances 
of our relief or vacation days being re- 
stored. Bro. McGrail dwelt at some length 
on the importance of every member becom- 
ing an organizer and making the Penna. 
System as nearly 100 per cent aa possible, 
as the kind of a schedule and other con- 
cessions we will get depends upon our 
strength. If we are only 60 per cent strong 
we will be so considered and get but 60 per 
cent consideration, but if 100 per cent, we 
will get a 100 per cent consideration by our 
officials. We should all get busy and line 
up the non-member working with pr near 
us, if we expect to get the working condi- 
tions we have been fighting for. 

Cbrt. 8741. 



Columbus Division — ^ 

News items for our monthly "writsrup" 
will be very much appreciated. Everyone 
should help us to have a ^od one. 

With a little persuasion we can soon in- 
duce some of our agents to get new carda 
Keep after all the **nons." We must have 
a united front. Talk, live and dream Or- 
ganization, 

Thanks to Bros. Clifford and Lyons, Mil- 
ford Center; G. McEntire and H. C. Bayles, 
Bradford, Ohio, and all who had any part 
m bringing in the five new members. If the 
other nons worked a few days at those 
points, they would soon change their views. 

Someone help C. R. Kessler, ''BJ" Brad- 
ford first, to figure his old salary and his 
new, a neat sum of $272.80, besides the 
working conditions the O. R. T. got for him. 
His dues and |1,000 M. B. D. certificate 
would appear like a trifle in comparison 
therewith. 

The request to publish the names of all* 
the nons on this division in The Tklbq- 
RAPHBR Is not considered good policy. 

Bros. W. J. Liddy and H. C. Bayless are 
on "BN" and second "BJ" Bradford, Ohio, 
and Bro. C. Randels on Unionville third, 
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Bro. Tiromons, second "BO" Bradford, has 
been off sicfc recently. 

C. C. GroomSj L. C, Cert S071, 
Bradford, Ohio. 



Akron Division — 

The close of the year 1920 finds this divi- 
sion hovering near the 100 per cent mark In 
organization, with 144 eligible, 148 paid up 
and only six delinquents. It is the only 
division showing a paid-up membership 
greater than the total number eligible. This 
indicates that when we make O. R. T. men 
on this division, we make good ones. They 
stick even after they leave the service. We 
have now only two regular nons ai^d a few 
extras, who have already signified their wil- 
lingness to join as soon as their finances^ 
will permit. Now, brothers, that we are 
organized, and with all this propaganda 
fiooding the country, endeavoring to work 
destruction on the only means of defense the 
lab6ring man possesses, let U9 stay organ- 
ized, and everyone pay their dues promptly. 
This is no time for slacking up. Let us 
maintain our solid front and we will have 
no regrets. 

Bro. Doyle, Laredo, has made up a very 
appropriate cartoon covering division oper- 
ator's notice No. 86. Quite likely copies will 
be furnished all tnembers in the very near 
future. It Is captioned "I need thee every 
hour,'* We urge the third trick men to make 
every effort possible to comply with this 
notice. I am informed by the division oper- 
ator that this is an efficiency proposition 
only, and we should all co-operate to pro- 
duce 100 per cent service. The company ex- 
pects it of us, and our organization expects 
it of each one of us individually. Let us, 
therefore, **deliver the goods." If for any 
reason any of you are wrongly accused and 
you can establish the fact, stick up for your 
rights. The Order will back and vigorously 
assist you, if you are right. 

Our former chief clerk, Bro. J. Q. Alberts, 
of Campbelltown, Pa., sends his regards and 
best wishes to all. Bro. "Jim" is still a 
member of this division and says he expects 
to continue so, even while engaged in an- 
other occupation. That's the right spirit, 
which more of us should emulate. 

Regarding the complaint that we have 
not had a write-up of this division for sev- 
eral months, I desire to say that I have 
asked at least a dozen to act as division cor- 
respondent and received a promise that they 
would act in that capacity, and, like the 
complaining brothers, I am disappointed 
that they have not kept their promises. To 
correct this, Bro. H. C. Armstrong, agent 
Gkimbier, Ohio, has consented to take the 
position, and I ask you to send him any items 
of Interest you hear of. He will compile and 
send them to the editor. All items should 
be in his hands not later than the 15th of 



each month, to enable him to have them in 
St Louis before the 26th, tor publication In 
the following month's JournaL Send your 
news to him by U. S. mail and we will have 
the write-up we all crave for each month* 

I wish to take this means of thanking the 
members and others on the division for their 
hearty support rendered during the paat 
year. We are on the eve of an election of a 
local chairman, a delegate and alt^nate to 
the next convention. ESaxdi member should 
exercise his right and vote. As these, are 
the men who are your representatives In tlie 
councils of the organization in your aflairei, 
you should weigh well the candidates before 
casting your ballot regardless of who they 
may be. Your local chairman should also be 
your delegate to the convention, as it aiCorda 
him an opsMrtunity to get acquainted with 
new ideas and places him in a better posi- 
tion to understand the laws as they are en- 
acted. 

As the Lake Division representative on 
the reduced committee, I spent ten days cov- 
ering a part of that territory and found 
conditions In excellent shape, especially the 
C. & P., where much propaganda of a nature 
not conducive to confidence in our organisa- 
tion has been promulgated. The brothers 
and sisters on the C. & P. should pay no 
attention to the report that forty members 
have dropped out This is far from the 
truth. No such thing has happened* Drop 
the *'naughf* and you have the correct num- 
ber of delinquents. 

Wishing all a prosperous and happy new 
year, and looking forward to 1921 being the 
year in which we attain the 100 per cent 
goal, I again thank you. 

G. R. Kail, L. C, Cert 272». 



Indiana Division — 

The family of the late Frank H. Cotton, 
train dispatcher Pennsylvania Railroad, 
Terre Haute, Ind., desire to express their 
sincere appreciation to the members of the 
O. R. T. of this division for their kindness 
during Mr. Cotton's long illness; also for 
their generous gift of flowers at his funeral, 
which took place on Thursday, Nov. 18, 
1920, from his old home at Vernon, Ind. 
Gut W. RusTAMnR, 
2401 Spruce St, Terre Haute, Ind. 



Richmond Division, South End^— 

Bro. H. S. Reddington, second Crescent- 
ville, was ofT a few days recently; also Bro. 
R. E. Kesling, first Somerville, latter re- 
lieved by Bro. G. S. Reed. 

Bro. P. A- Wright, second Neels, now has 
a new motor ca:r to travel between Neels and 
Campbellstown. 

Bros. E. B. Bourne and H. J. Arfoogast, 
Hamilton, changed tricks for thirty days. 

Bro.. W. B. Berger, third Waynetr^ce, 
spent several weeks in the Louisiana oil 
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Bro. Lieidy, and Bro. Wall a few xlays by 
Morris. 

Brothers, kindly advise me whether you 
desire a write-up or not. - I have written 
several of you in regard to this and have 
' not received any replies. 

H. C. DOLPH, Cert. 8775, 

Austin Lake, Mich. 



Mackinaw Division — 

We have received our notices of dues and 
assessments in Mutual Benefit Department 
and I hope we will not have a delinquent 
this period. Let us remit our dues promptly 
to Bro. W. M. Skinner, 71 Gunther Bldg., 
Baltimore, Md.. and our M. B. D. assess- 
menu to Bro. E. J. Manion, Acting G. S. & 
T., Missouri State Life Bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

An order has been issued dissolving- Ad- 
justment Board No. 3 January 10, 1921, and 
No. 1 and 2 February 16, 1921, created dur- 
ing the Federal administration. There are 
approximately five hundred cases before 
Board No. 3 which has Jurisdiction over our 
craft ajid of which Bro. Kipp is chairman. 
A number of these cases will probably not 
be handled to a decision so it behooves us 
to stick tight to our organization and be 
banded together with a* common under- 
standing and a common good to do for our 
fellowmen. The past record of our Order 
warrants its continuance. Our conditions 
on this division are far better from the 
workers' standpoint than ever before in its 
history. We must maintain our foothold 
this coming year by increasing our member- 
ship and each member do his best to pro- 
cure his fellowworkers* application. We 
must maintain our rank in the percentage 
column of this system in the number of 
members as compared with positions. It Is 
far below where it should be. The prospect 
is not as pleasant as we would desire, but 
w© are not of the kind to be discouraged. 
Passing through th«se various stages should 
give us new courage and strength to carry 
on the work we are engaged in. There 
will no doubt be a great many changes 
upon this division and upon the system and 
we must be prepared to meet them. Our 
best weapon is to be firmly united and 
thoroughly understand our position and 
then stick by our convictions until we have 
gained our point. We can safely confide 
the work of reconstruction to our grrand 
oflflcers who are not of a radical type. The 
railroad executives through their spokes- 
man^ Vice-President Atterbury, of this sys- 
tem, are bending every etlort to have na- 
tional agreements set aside, National 
Boards of Adjustment abolished, and set up 
in their place a so-called Local Board of 
Adjustment. Their propaganda is being 
watched with interest by labor leaders as 
the railroad executives are trying to make 
it appear that they wish to deal fairly with 
us; actions so far however do not sub- 



stantiate this. We must pay up promptly 
In both departments, and get In every non 
we can. This is more important now than 
ever before. Also, brothers, subscribe for 
"Labor" and keep posted on what is go- 
ing on. It's your duty to be informed. Send 
me two dollars and I will see that you are 
enrolled. 

Bro. McPhee, Brutus, on account of the 
death of his mother, was relieved by Bro. 
George Belding several days. 

Bro. Bobbins, Kalkaska, was off a few 
nights recently owing to the serfous illness 
of his youngest child, and Bro. Crawford. 
Falmouth, was relieved several days by Bro. 
Earl Dean. Later Bro. Belding relieved Bro. 
Hill, Michelson, for the Xmas holidays. 

Bro. Puis, who has resigned and joined 
the army, writes he will still keep up his 
card. That's the proper spirit. 

Bro. Barkman, Lake City, now has an 
operator-clerk, Mr. Locke, in place of his 
wife. He promises to Join shortly. 

.Fftrmer Bro. Griswold, at Clarion, will no 
doubt soon be with uS again. Please keep 
him in mind. Agent Hill and Lancaster 
first, Boync Falls, talk very favorable. Don't 
let anything retard our progress; help to 
eliminate this dead weight as soon as pos- 
sible. , 

Mackinaw City freight agency, classed as 
supervisory, has been opened again with 
former Chief Clerk Buhler as agent. 

Local Chairman, Cert. 4141, 
116 East Cass St.. Cadillac. Mich. 



"GF" General Office, Chicago— 

Bro. Stuart Is back after being off a few 
days with a severe cold. 

Bro. Jordan is working days while Pat- 
terson is serving on the county Jury. 

Bro. Peters recently made another w^eek- 
end visit to the Bucyrus folks and the whole 
town turned out to greet him, with band 'n 
everything. 

Bro. Singleton is beaming happily after a 
visit with home folks in Wilmington. Ill 
Harry is an exponent of sunshine and it's 
no effort for him to brighten up any office. 

All operators, including Miss Divey. the 
printer operator, contributed to a small 
fund and presented our manly little mana- 
ger with a small token of our appreciation 
of his squareness and impartial treatment 
and all Joined in our hearty "Merry Xmas 
and Happy New Year" for he and his fam- 
ily. "Jo" showed his gratitude by his 
modest blush and good -hearted thanks 

The Western Union is installing a new 
and modem switchboard in our office. 

All the boys are still in good working 
condition despite the Christmas cigars and 
loud neckwear. Cert. 2522. 



Chicago TerminaX Division — 

Bro. Qoodstein, our aviator-operator, glided 
into a farmer's barb-wire fence recently, go- 



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Wagoner, first Leipsfc Jet., vice Bro. Brick- 
son, reslgnied, and Bro. Speakman bid in 
third Oakwood, vice Bro. Jones to second 
Colby, double track. 

Bro. Holmes, first Ft. Wayne, was re- 
lieved thirty days by Bro. J. P. Llnenman 
from second there, relieved by Bro. E2nsiey. 
"Jim," Cert. 116. 



Mr. Union Man, do not stand in your own 
light — demand the union label, card and 
button, 

N. Y. C. R. R., Lines West, Div. 19. 
Cleveland Division — 

Thanks to Bros. Connelly and Fwrr, Dan- 
bury and Port Clinton, for items. The rest 
ot you send in something and let's have a 
write-up every month and try to line up 
the few nons. Bro. Mathes, second •'V 
report job, says he lined up two of them 
by using our slogan, "no card, no favors." 
If we will all do likewise it won't be long 
wntil there will not be a non left on our 
division. Give them no rest until they Join. 

Asst. Oen. Chmn. Shewell, who has been 
looking after th^ general chairman's duties 
for some time, is back on first "UN", 
Blyria. 

Bro. aienn Bell, second Port Clinton, re- 
lieved by Bro. Gregory several weeks on ac- 
count of his wife being injured. 

Bro. Gallup bid In third Martin when 
Genoa tower closed and Bro. Bowland bid 
in Fremont agency when Fremont tower 
closed. 

Bros. Kroft, Collins, Connelly and Miller, 
of Sandusky, attended Chief Dispatcher 
Baker's funeral. Those who couldn't get to 
Cleveland were at the services at Venice, 
. Including all the dispatchers. The floral of- 
ferings were beautiful. Mr. Vl E. Bausch 
is 6ur chief now. and A. B. Grotser night 
chief. 

There was a good turnout at the recent 
Sandusky meeting. Bring a couple of new 
members with you next time, brothers, and 
get your 1921 cards now from F. G. S. at 
"UN". 

It is now Bro. Harmon, second "UN", 
Eljria. 

When any of you come to Cleveland don't 
go down West'Srd street to the depot aftor 
dark. It cost me a good watch and a nic^ 
sum of money, besides my O. R. T. card 
and passes and a beating one night recent- 
ly when X was held up by a couple of 
thugs, about 100 feet west of the depot. 

Let me hear from all of you next month. 
Bro. Munce and Bro. Bumes, Danbury, send 
your notes to EHyria. 

"Nbwt" or "CN" at "V," Cert. 2066. 



fllinois Division, Kankakee Line — 

Bro. S. R. Collier, Ladd, has resigned to 
enter other business. 

. Bro. Marshall, Budd, is. relieving the 
agent at Velma. 



Bro. G. O. Morgan, Streator, has oaade 
several trips to Chicago recently, where lil» 
wife is under a doctor's care. We hope for 
her speedy recovery. 

B03NS, please let me have your notes .be- 
fore the 20th of each month so we can 
have a good write-up. Would like to liear 
from the East End. No notes received Uila 
month. Cert. 11S€. 



When inclined to spend union-earned 
money for non-union products, think toAot 
your oum union label, card or button m^anw 
to you, 

MissoMrl, Kansas $u Texas Ry.» DIv. 22. 

8t, Louis District- 
Only about half of the questionnaires sent 
out to our agents in regard to handling tlie 
U. S. mail have been returned to our Gen- 
eral Chairman. Mail them to him as soon 
as possible, boys. Also do all you can to 
help our Local Chairman line up the few 
nons left. If you know of a delinquent, mrse 
him to get up-to-date at once. Our local 
chairman can't do this all himself. A Ust 
of the nons will be sent upon request to 
any member who is willing to help. Tlie 
mcrease of $2 a year in our dues is very 
small when compared with our increase In 
pay and what the brothers on other roada 
are paying. Let's pay it promptly and will- 
ingly. 

Bro. C. Held, agent at Higbee, Mo., for 
several years, who was taken out of the 
service on some minor charges last July, 
and reinstated with full seniority rU^ts 
within a few days after his case was put 
before the Order, has resigned and is no-w 
in the grocery business at Warrensbursr, 
Mo. We all wish him success. Bro. A M. 
Glahn succeeds him at Higbee; Bro. W. H- 
Akers bid in, Holliday agency; Bro. L. R. 
Akers. second Madison; Bro. K R. Engr- 
holm, third St. Charles, vice Miss Queen 
Groos, resigned; Bro. L. E. Beamon.' the 
cartoonist, bid in flrst. and Bro. R. V. Illlngr, 
second Mokane, making it solid; Bro. H. 
D. Clay, Hannibal, bid in third North Jef- 
ferson, vice "Non" Heger. 

The company is insisting in having Morse 
men assigned to all positions hereafter; so 
aspirants for new positions better get bu^ 
with the key and sounder. 

Bro. M. S. Beamon, third Mokane, off a 
few days sick, was relieved by Bro. Fulker- 
son, Hamburg. 

Bro. Hays, agent Hartsburg. visiting In 
the East thirty days, relieved by Bro. Dunn, 
of the Clerks' Union from the Bock Island, 
who will line up with us shortly. 

The local chairman reports twenty-three 
new members brought in last year on this 
district. If we can do half that well this 
year there will be no nons left. Treat them 
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join* as thoy are getting for nothing: wh&t 
yon hare paid for. 

If you will help Bro. 3euxner and ^ myself 
with news items, we will hare a write-up 
every month. 

Let's make a rally on the "Anntiai" cards 
this time, boys, payln^r our dues promptly 
snd remember our motto: **'No cwd, no fc^ 
ton." Cert. 918. 



It iM not othera you must educate to de- 
vunid the union label," card and button; it ia 
T/inKneif, • 

Chicago, Mil. A ^ P. System, DIv. ^. 

UHMtUhea DiiHsicm— 

We were all shocked and grieved at the 
ontiznely death of our new sreneral chairman, 
Bre. Hakes. 

Bro. Sasser and wife recently returned to 
In^omar from a short visit to klnfolks in 
Mississippi. 

Bro. Clifford, Terry third, Is now extra 
dispatcher. 

Tour correspondent' and wife spent a week 
In Yellowstone Park last September, a week 
in Bitter Root Mountains fishing and then 
visited the Helena State Fair. This is a 
better trip than, one to Europe. To see "Old 
Faithful" spout up into the air such a vol- 
ume of water 160 feet hourly is some show 
and is alone worth a trip across the con- 
thient We changed cars at Lombard and 
were nicely entertained by Bro. Kearby. 

I won't attempt to chronicle the **bumps." 
but about one-third of the Jobs on the divi- 
sion have changed hands the past 30 days. 
"Weather like Florida" probably contributes 
to poor business. 

Our tlower fund is intact for many months, 
as we are a healthy bunch. If someone don't 
get sick we'll have to prorate the fund. 

We're glad to note Bro. Millard's advance- 
ment to schedule conunitteeman. 

Take a vacation now that men are plenti- 
ful and Jobs scarce and help beat that In- 
come tax. 

We were all grieved at the death of Brake- 
man Geo. Sevick and the serious injury of 
Conductor Charlie Neptune. The latter is 
getting along fine. C. A. Spurlinq. 



Coort D¥sis\cfn — 

We regret to report the death of the wife 
of Bro. W. E. Johnson, at Morton, Wash., 
Nov. nth,' 1920. Bro. Johnson, Cert 558, 
in Div. 16, formerly at Ft. Meade, Florida, 
aocompanled the remains to the home of his 
wife's parents at Freeport, 111., for burial. 
Re wishes to thank tbe boys of this division 
for thehr generous contribution of $23,66, for 
a beautiful floral emblem, which was shipped 
with the body to its last resting place. 



^vtihem Division — 

None of the brothers sent in any items 
and not having enough myself for a write-up 



we had none last month. Some of our mem- 
bers seem to have plenty of news, to send to 
'*TKe Employee Magazine," but never have 
any for their own publication. 

This division gets a local chairman of its 
own at the next biennial election in Febru- 
ary, effective about March lOth or 16th, 1921. 

Only $81.60 so far has been received by ^ 
Bro. Onell towards the flower fund. Get 
busy, delinquents, and remit that dollar. 

Some of the brothers are working over 
their regular hours in order to flnlsh their 
work. It is all right to keep up In your dally 
duties, but you may get caught one of these 
days exceeding the eight-hpur day, and if 
you don't know what that means, better 
"get hep." 

^ro. Howlands, third Hartford, Is^ very 
gallant and acts as official escort evenings 
for the lady operators at the West Union 
City there. 

Bro. Trumer, I. & D. Division, who went 
to second Schlislngerville, vice Marawsky, 
resigned, later relieved Bro. Bienert, agent 
Iron Ridge, relieving Bro. Holt, agent Hori- 
con, four months on a trip to California; 
Bro. McDonald bid In second Granville ; Bar- 
ber, second Hartford, and Keepers, second 
Waupun. 

Local Chairman Hageman was over the 
division recently lining up the nons and de- 
linquents. Some offices have been given 
the close up on Sundays only and other con- 
tinuous offices two hours assignment, owing 
to the slump in business. 

Bro. Stapleton, who relieved Bro. Miller, 
second Granville, later relieving Bro. Hack- 
ett on a trip to his home In Indiana, Is now 
on second Horlcon. Bro. B. Burns relieved 
ten days on first there by Bro. Bamish, who 
has been off about seven months on account 
of an operation on booth feet. 

Brothers, send me some news for the next 
write-up. B. L. Burns, Cert. 800. 



LaCrosae Diviaion — 

Greetings. May 1921 bring you much 
prosperity. 

Bro. W. S. Wright has resumed on second 
Oconomowoc, having been on third there 
some time. Bro. Fahrnam, formerly on third 
Oconomowoc, is now on the extra list. 

Bro. Kohlhaas, Columbus, relieved Bro. 
Hagman, agent Reeseville, a few days re- 
cently. 

The Watertown Junction boys are being 
housed in a coach until the new depot is 
built. 

Bro. Farnham worked second at New Lis- 
bon while Bro. Mittlcsteadt spent Thanksgiv- 
ing at home. 

Bro. Kampman, who relieved Bro. Stein- 
bach, second Camp Douglas, fifteen days on 
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month, Spart second, and then went to third 
Tunnel City, vice Fuller, a new man. 

Bro. Hammond of the Clerks* Union, re- 
lieved Bro. Philips, agent Camp Douglas, 
recently a few days.* 

Don't forget your dues, boys. Remember, 
in unity there is strength. Ceht. 482. 



Dubuque Division — 

Bro. Forest Dohlin Jhas resumed on second 
Lacrescent after a month's absence. 

R. A. Wilkinson, master car builder's clerk, 
Marquette Yard, is back in the telegraph de- 
partment We should now ^see that he gets 
an up-to-date. 

Bro. Goodsell is back on third Spechts 
Ferry after two weeks* sickness. 

Bro. Felder, third Gutterburg, was. off ten 
days recently. 

The Dubuque dispatchers' force has been 
reduced. Assistant Chief Dispatcher Ramp- 
sdn is now working first trick. 

Cert. 8606, 



04ve your fellow trade unionist a square 
deal — boost his union label, card or button. 

Wabash Railroad, DIv. 26. 

Members Division 26 — 

On account of renumbering the houses in 
Detroit, January 1st, 1921, my address Is 
now 2214 instead of 460 Crane avenue. 
Please see that all mail addressed to me car- 
ries the new number to avoid delay. 

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 
New Year. 

M. E. FoHBT, General Chairman. 



Decatur Division — 

Bro. W. L. Ritchie has moved his family 
to St Louis. He recently relieved Bro. 
Wooley, second Ballou, several days while 
the latter attended his father's funeral. The 
brother has our heartfelt sympathy in his 
bereavement. 

Bro. Huffman, relieving Agent Davis, Ash- 
burn, while attending his father's funeral, 
was relieved by Bro. Merrlfleld on second. 

Bro. N. J. Delohl, third Ballou, has re- 
turned from a trip to Colorado on vacation, 
relieved by our new brother, H. C. Dannen- 
brink. Keep after all these new men, as 
well as the old ones who come to your offices 
as relief and give them no rest until they 
line up. 

Bro. Pinkst6n, agent Ballou, was a recent 
Blue Island visitor. 

Bro. Thompson, agent Symerton, has 
moved to his newly purchased residence on 
the West Side of that town. 

The funeral of our late brother, Ray Marrs, 
who died overseas, held at Worth, 111., Sun- 
day, Nov. 21st, was attended by Bros. Veech, 
Huffman, Nelson and Kay. Mrs. Marrs ex- 
tends her thanks to the brothers and sisters 
of Division No. 26 for their sympathy and 



beautiful floral offering in her time of be- 
reavement. 

Bro. Humphreys, second Litchfield, on the 
sl«k list a few days, was relieved by Bro. 
Moore. 

Bro. R. R. Heerdt, agent Boody, was mar- 
ried Thanksgiving evening. Bro. L. L, Stein- 
heimer, who relieved Bro. Heerdt several 
days, was relieved by Sister Naughton on 
second. Bro. D. B. Thomell, third Boody, 
was married Nov. Idth. We all extend the 
happy couples our best wishes. 

Bro. Lovell, first Taylorville, relieved by. 
Bro. Moore, and Bro. Goubhlin by Bro. 
Ritchie, on first Chicago Ridge, who later 
relieved Bro. Fohrell, third Edwardsville. a 
few days. 

' Bro. Hudson, first Granite City, relieved 
by Sister Naughton, spent Sunday recently 
with home folks at Middlesworth and Shelby- 
ville, and Bro. Appel, agent Granite City, and 
family with home folks at Sununersfield, 111. 

Bro. Burwell, agent Homer, relieved by 
Extra Swillie, is a regular dispatcher in 
Decatur now. Bro. Tom Wheeler, first Or- 
land, was dispatching at Forrest for a few 
days recently. 



Moberly Division — 

Bro. Krome, agent High Hill, was off two 
weeks recently with his wife and daughters. 
Also Bro. Pitts, third Ferguson, relieved by 
Bro. O'Niell. Bro. Pitts bid in third Pasa 
avenue, and Bro. Collins, "QM" third Luther 
Yards, recently. 

Bro. Williams, agent Martinsburg, visited 
WellsvlUe, and Bro. Schaffer, third Tracy, 
visited home folks in Martinsburg recently. 

Sister Saddler, second, and Sister Watson, 
third High Hill, were off recently, latter re- 
lieved by Bro. Crawford. 

Bro. McMains, agent Wellsville, attended 
the recent Moberly C. S. A D. meeting. 

Cert. 442. 



Mosi of life's shadows resuU from stand- 
ing in our own light. You stand in your own 
light every time you fail to patronize the 
union label, card and button. 

St: Louis A Southwestern Ry., Div. 27.. 

Illmo Division — 

Bro. A. J. Fritts called to his home in 
Illinois on account of the death of hla 
brother, was relieved) on second Dexter 
Junction by Bro. Summers, and he by Bro. 
Shy. We extend our sincere ssrmpathy to 
Bro. Fritts and relatives in their great sor- 
row. 

Bro. Shy also relieved Bro. White at ni- 
mo. who relieved Bro. C. I. Sauer, manager 
"SO," Illmo, two weeks. Bro. Shy then 
relieved Bro. C. C. Stoker, first Rector, a 
few days. 

Bro. T. J. Lewis in Texarkana hospital 
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Maiden by Sister Morgan. We wish him a 
speedy recovery. 

Bro. W. C. Baldridge gone West for the 
benefit of his wife's health, was relieved on 
third Paragould by Bro. Summers. 

We are glad to welcoroer Bro. B. B. Bow- 
en, formerly of Maiden, after a year's ab- 
sence West. He recently bid in Arbyrd 
agency. 

Bro. R. F. Stevenson, agent Wyatt, was 
relieved several days by his brother R. D. 
Stevenson, who bid in Coy, Ark., agency. 
C. B. W., L. C. 



!Umo Diviaion Note^— 

Bro. J. A. Crawford, Cert. 468, who Is 
now at Albuquerque, N. M., on account of 
illness was^sent 1120 with a "Merry Christ- 
mas and a Happy New Year" message of 
greeting, and telegraphed Bro. Peters in 
reply: "Deeply touched by the generosity 
of yourself and the boys of Division 27. 
Accept my gratitude and best wishes for 
Christmas and New Y^ar." 

Among those who contributed to this 
amount were: Mr. W. Mosby. assistant to 
the president of the St U S. W.. Chief Dis- 
patcher W. A. Downs and Dispatcher S. V. 
Downs, Chas. D'Hanan, clerk, C. J. Moore, 
B. & B., and Conductors Threnfro, Padgett 
and Thomheo, also Mr. Wilkerson, of Jones- 
boro. There were also some good ladies Who 
contributed and some eighty odd brothers. 
A few subscribed fifty cents; most of them 
giving II. some 11.60. some $2 and $2.50. 
and Mr. Mosby. W. M. Prasler and W. H. 
Peters each gave |5. 

Several signed the list for $1 and one for 
50 cents, 'which havQ not yet been received. 
Any brother who signed and mailed his 
<^eck for any amount, please take it up 
with Bro. W. H. Peters, "HN." nimo, Mo., 
as no such remittances had been received 
up to December 23rd, and some of the lists 
mailed out, especially on the Texas H!li vi- 
sions had not been returned up to that 
date; but as soon as he receives them, 
with the amounts subscribed, he will send 
them with the amount to Bro. Crawford, 
as no doubt he needs the money Just as 
much now as before or at the holiday?. 

We are very grateful to all who contrib- 
uted, no matter what the amount, and es- 
pecially to the dispatchers, conductors, B. 
& B. men and clerks, and should remember 
ito return the favor. Cert. 484. 



To pa9» an idea on is to multiply its 
Vo%eer, Tell your friends to patronize the 
UMkm label, card and hutton. 

Seaboard Air Line Ry., Div. 28. 
Alaboma DMHon — 

Regret to learn that third trick dispatcher 
Wilson run over by a truck recently had 
his leg broken in two places. We wish him 
a speedy recovery. Extra Dispatcher Sur- 
reacy is relieving him. relieved by Bro E. 



H. Johnston, and he by Bro. H. Grlswold, as 
third operator. 

Our local chairman and the Superintend- 
ent have agreed to allow Bros. K. B. You- 
mans. Pembroke, and C. N. Rountree, La- 
nier, to exchange positions. 

Bros. O. L. Youmans, second Vldalia, and 
J. R. Tyler, agent Seville, were recent Sa-' 
, vannah visitors. 

The writer was Initiated into Shrine mjri- 
terles at the ceremonial in Macon, Decem- 
ber 16th. 

Bro. C. C. Vaug-hn went to second Collins 
pending bids. ^ 

Sister Anderson, 'second Savannah Yard, 
was relieved a few dayfe by Bro. D. E. Han- 
cock of Division .15. 

If you have not yet remitted for your 
new card, please do so at once, and help 
make our division 100 per cent. 

H. L. Caethr, Cert. 142S. 



Virginia Division-^ 

When you read these items, the Yuletlde 
will be over, and we will have again 
started on a new year, during which I wish 
you much success. 

Pay your dues to Bro. Cummlng and your 
insurance assessments to Bro. E. J. Manion, 
acting grand secretary and treasurer, by Feb- 
ruary 20th, so as to avoid any delinquents on 
the first half. Do not wait until the last day 
and take the chance of being on that list. 
We made a record on the last half, let us 
do so again. 

You have the names of the few nons who 
promised to send their applications to us 
in January. Keep after them. "No card, 
no favors." 

Our organization Is our greatest asset, 
give it some of your time. We must stand 
together If we expect to accomplish any- 
thing for ourselves and the good of the 
Order. Do not be deceived by people com- 
ing to you in sheep clothing. Think for 
yourselves and not wait until you are hit 
before making some preparation to avoid 
it. 

Some of you not living up to our contract 
Is causing a hardship on some others. In 
the future I hope you will abide by it 
strictly. If you attend the meetings you 
will be better posted. 

If you have not remitted to the "Floral 
Fund," do so now, as it is Just about ex- 
hausted. 

Do not forget your paper Labor. It is 
doing great work for the railroad wage- 
earner. I'se your Influence to make it a 
success. If It should fall it would mean a 
great loss to us. 

We have nwiny thiners to be thankful for, 
yet the peak has not been reached, there- 
fore, to hold what we have and secure other 
considerations we must continue to have a 
solid organization or we might be weak- 
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It Is time to elect officers on this division. 
Select the best men. Follow the Instmo- 
tlons closely how to vote, or your vote will 
not be counted. It is the duty- of every 
member employed to cast bis vote accor<[« 
ing to the constitution. 

Waltsb a. Jotnhe, IxkaX Chairman. 



Harah oritidam of our <i9BoctaU9 for fan- 
ure to do their full duty toward the union 
label, card and button doee not always bring 
the desired result, but aettino a good ewample 
uaually does. 

N. Y.^N. H. & H. R. R., DIv. 29. 

New Haven Council — 

If elements of a radical nature have crept 
into Labor Unionism, it is a condition for 
which it is only indirectly to blame. Orig- 
inally this element in the form of immigra- 
tion, was encouraged when not directly im- 
ported, for ' the purpose of keeping the 
wages of the American workman down. 

Living on a few cents a day, setting up 
a standard of Mfe unbearable to an Amer- 
ican citizen, they were of course potent 
tools in prev«enting strikes and organiza- 
tion, the steel industry presenting the most 
glaring example. After hoarding their way 
into a condition of relative prosperity and 
a certain degree of ph3^ical relaxation, 
what was more or less of the brute stage 
gave way to one in which the imagination 
and intellect had time to play. More often 
unable to read or write anything except 
their native tongue, emotional and revolu- 
tionary by nature, they absorbed like a 
sponge the propaganda peculiarly prepared 
for them. 

Without condoning its faults. It is to the 
everlasting credit of Organized Labor that 
it was the stabilizing influence in industry 
during the late war. 

That In an effort to overcome the greed 
and inhuman treatment of the employer a 
percentage of the above element came Into 
Union Labor, is only saying. Labor Union- 
ism must take the grist that is brought to 
its mill. 

Then how about the hordes of immigrants 
arriving on our shores today which com- 
petent authorities assure us is made up of 
a large percentage of the revolutionary 
dregs of Europe? 

Prom every source except perhaps the 
industrial pirate, whose Ood is cheap labor, 
there comes the cry: "Will we be able to 
assimilate them into our American institu- 
tions." If not, is there any reason to sup- 
pose they can be assimilated Into conserva- 
tive union labor? 

Watch legislation, particularly the Senate. 
It conveniently slipped the anti-strike law 
through in a few minutes— at the right min- 
ute — by unanimous consent — when one vote 
would have blocked it. 

Not so the immigration bill. It goes to 



committee after committee, will be studied 
and revised, considered and reconsidered, 
and then some. 

Watch history If you do not die too young. 
Immigration may furnish temporary UBefol 
tools for a certain class, but retribution 
will come. 

As much as we may de|>lore Bolshevism 
in Russia and its growing injection Into 
American institutions, we may well believe 
it is the creature rather than the creator 
of its environment. It is not so much the 
cause of conditions in Russia today as It is 
the effect of what has gone before — tsrranny. 
ruthlessness and selfishness in the ruling 
class. 

Formerly it concerned itself chiefly with 
the extermination of Emperors, Csars and 
Kings. Being, therefore, political, we had 
little to fear. 

In its spread through the whole of Eu- 
rope today the abolition of Emperors and 
Kings is only a prelude to the extermina- 
tion of the whole capitaltstio class, pav- 
ing become economic, with the little pond 
only two jumps across, we may well be 
alarmed. 

The word "we" is used advisedly, for first 
of all we are Americans with American 
ideals, even though Labor Unionists. 

Union Labor does not desire the destruc- 
tion of Capital, but the force of circum- 
stances may yet face it that way, as the 
lesser of two evils. 

The trend of the times may be observed 
In the news of the week. The head of the 
Steel Trust admits on the investigator's 
stand. It had refused to deliver its products 
to concerns employing Union LAbor — the 
most gigantic boycott and blacklist in Amer- 
ican history. 

Its plea is self-defense. 

Organized Labor is nothing more or lees 
than self-defense against tyranny, ruthless- 
ness, and selfishness in Industry. 

Import the radical of Europe to compete 
with it. enact anti-strike legislation to de- 
stroy its only weapon of defense, bury it In 
an orgy of boycott and blackmail, you are 
then in a fair way to make Bolshevists of 
us all. 

The program may bring to the Capitalist 
of today some temporary reward, but there 
will be no relaxation In the old Biblical 
law; "The sins of the fathers shall be 
visited upon their sons." 

One of the most successful O. R. T. meet- 
ings It has been our pleasure to attend was 
called by Local Chairman Kennedy in Hart- 
ford on Tuesday, December 7th, over flftT 
members being present including brothers, 
from Waterbury, New Haven and New 
Rochelle. 

Bro. Kennedy in introductory remarks 
was followed by General Chairman Handy, 
who gave a history of the wage movement 
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after which each one present was invited to 
ask questions pertaining to general informa- 
tion, or to anythiner discussed that was not 
understood. 

Local Chairman Kennedy of the Hartford 
DiFialon, Local Chairman Dowd of the 
Waterbury Division and Local Chairman 
Brady of the Providence Division followed in 
remarks relative to a local chairman's re- 
sponsibilities and point of view. 

Many things interesting and helpful to us 
were discussed which we do not feel at 
liberty to note for fear of trespassing on 
the ground of a possible Hartford Division 
scribe. 

Bro. Kennedy is to be complimented on 
the success of the meeting. We can't Just 
understand how he succeeded in getting so 
many of the boys out. except it be that the 
Sisters present had something to do with 
it That ever}' worthy means may be taken 
to increase the attendance and thereby ad- 
fance the interests of the Order, a special 
invitation has been extended to the Sisters 
to make a visit to New Haven Council of 
Division No. 29. 

We might suggest to Bro. Kennedy send- 
ing the Sisters out on the trail of those 
two none he reports. If there is anything 
In which they excel It is that of the gentle 
art of persuasion. 

In a few days after this is written the 
Christmas greeting from practically ever 
telegrapher from New Haven to New York 
will be carried to Bro. Dan Kennedy at Mil- 
ford, Connecticut, by Brothers Culver, Brown, 
Foster, your correspondent and a few 
otherst Peace on Earth. Good Will Toward 
Men, has never been exemplified in a finer 
or more cheerful spirit than on this occa- 
sion. Of this, more will be announced in 
the notes for next month. 

W. B. Shalkop, Milford, Conn. 



Bartford Division-^ 

One of the most sutcessful meetings was 
held at Hartford on Tuesday, December 7th, 
at Hotel Oarde, with fifteen brothers and 
two sisters present at the morning session, 
which was called to order at 11.80 a. m. by 
Local Chairman Kennedy, who, after a few 
brief remarks, called upon General Chairman 
Handy, who, in a very interesting talk, gave 
an account of all the work done by the Order 
during the past two years, and answered 
several questions regarding Supplement 18, 
which was not clearly understood by some 
of the members. Local Chairman Brady 
of Providence Division also ^ve a very in- 
teresting talk. The meeting adjourned at 
1:4S p. m. 

At 7 :80 p. m. the night meeting was also 
called to order by Local Chairman Kennedy 
with a record-breaking attendance of 65 
brothers and three sisters. It was one of the 



best meetings of the season. Bro. Handy 
gave us another very interesting talk, which 
was greatly enjoyed. Local Chairman Dowd 
of the Waterbury Division, being called upon, 
made a few remarks very interesting to all. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Tiger, 
who spoke on the question of dues, showed 
the importance of all the members paying 
up promptly. . 

Local Chairman Kennedy then called upon 
all present to hear any complaints that they 
might have, but everybody seeming satis- 
fled, he then declared a social half-hour to 
get acquainted. 

One of the pleasing features was to note 
the g^eat distance many of the brothers 
came ; several from Waterbury, C. N. B., 
also from New Haven, and a great many 
from the Valley Branch. 

The meeting adjourned at 10 :16 p. m. 
Those unable to attend missed a treat. 

Our local chairman was very much pleased 
over the large attendance at these two meet- 
ings, they being the first he has called in 
Hartford, and assured us that a meeting will 
be called there at least every three months, 
and hopes the same interest will be shown 
with a greater attendance. 

Let us start the new year right, pay our 
dues promptly and be proud of our up-to- 
date cards. Make it a point to see that all 
on this division has one, so we can boast of 
Hartford Division being 100 per cent solid. 

C«RT. 10. 



New Lonaon Division — 

Bro. Joe Ford, second Hillsgrove, is spend- 
ing his honeymoon In Florida. Congratula- 
tions. 

Bro. Smith, second Slocums, and Bro. 
Caperol, East Greenwich, recently on sick 
list, latter relieved by Bro. Manning. 

Bro. J. Toolin, agent Wood River Junction, 
who spent two weeks lately in Catsklll 
Mountains with his family, motored up and 
back. 

Bro. Pat Daly, Wood River Junction, at- 
tended the funeral at Providence recently of 
his nephew. 

Bro. Geo. Shawn and Bro. Austin, Brad- 
ford, stranded on a sand bar near Charles- 
town Road Beach in a motor boat, had to 
swim ashore. Bro. J. Moran, New London, 
covered Bro. Shawn's Job until he was able 
to reach home. 

Bro. Burdick covered first Waterford 
Tower three days recently. 

Bros. Manning, second Kingston, and 
Berth, second Stonington, have returned 
from a trip to New Orleans, latter relieved 
by Bro. Appleby. 

Willie Bro. Marquis was off sick, first and 
third trick men had to double owing to the 
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on Wood River Junction after relieving: 
Bro. Bosworth, first "MA" Tower, also on 
sick list recently. 

Bro. Van Arsdale is back a6 third dis- 
patcher again after doing: relief dispatching 
for some time. Our chief dispatchers are 
doing relief dispatching since cutting out 
two dispatchers owing to business depres- 
sion. Cbrt. 980. 



Midland Diviaiotir- 

A hearty greeting was tendered Vice- 
President Plerson, the magnet of the occa- 
sion, at our December meeting, which was 
very well attended. The subjects of his talk 
were general, as he has been out of touch 
with local affairs lately, doing legislative 
work for the Order In Washington! His 
observations while traveling through Te^ias 
and Mexico were pathetic indeed, as he told 
of the starving and imprisonment of thou- 
sands of the people there the past 10 years 
under the Diaz regime. 

Several trains have been discontinued 
owing to dull business, occasioning consider- 
able bumping, as positions are abolished fol- 
lowing the policy of retrenchment. Over- 
time has been closely cut and positions re- 
arranged to eliminate this factor. We should 
see that the schedule Is thoroughly lived up 
•to when these changes are made. 

Franklin is Closed between 1 and 6 a. m., 
and ex-Policeman Bro. Fletcher is smashing 
baggage a few hours during, the afternoon in 
addition to his regular duties. 

There was a refund of $9.86 to each mem- 
ber of the Beneficial Association at the last 
meeting, at which V. C. Bro. McKenney pre- 
sided. We should a|l belong to this helpful 
branch of the Order. It stimulates a feeling 
of security in adldtlon to paying a cash 
bonus at the end of the term. We hope ad- 
vantage will be taken of it and its member- 
ship doubled the coming year. 

Bro. Harry Curran is superintending 
Readville Transfer, including all movements 
down the rip track, on account of abolishing 
the relief towerman position. 

Bro. Sutton displaced a new man at First 
Street when his position in the dispatcher's 
ofl!lce was abolished. 

Bro. J. H. McDermott, now with the Car 
Service Commission in South Station, has 
the well wishes of his many friends. He is 
deserving of the best he can get. 

The commuters one . morning recently 
found eight large freight trains stalled 
ahead of the passenger service between 
Readville and South Bay Junction, but the 
boys soon moved them all with a minimima 
of detention. The *'01d Sea Dogs" wouldn't 
know South Bay now, as it's all '*dry" land. 

A flock of wild geese descended upon Pas- 
coag, breaking telegraph and telephone 
wires, completely isolating the town and 



tying up the train service. 'Bro. Fletcher 
there secured several "ganders." ■ 

Bro.^ Covert, Douglas Junction, has laid In 
a supply of coal for the inclement weather. * 

Watch that fellow next to you. Those 
who never join an organization such as ours 
are always ready to accept the benefits we 
have worked hard to obtain, seeking immu- 
nity behind the thin film of excuses. Do not 
forget our slogan, "No card, no favors." 

Cert. 1541. 



Old Colony Division — 

Another milestone passed. A good time to 
strike a balance in regard to the investment 
of ones dues for a year and the dividends 
it has wrought In the shape of increased 
earnings. 

A system of relieving men one day In 
eight has been established on this division 
for those who want it. At the time the 
forces were reduced on account of the busi- 
ness depression and a number of positions 
abolished, it occurred to the writer that the 
men let out could be used in granting a re- 
lief day for those who have for a long time 
argrued for a period of rest each week — ^men 
who wanted something to look forward to, it 
being understood, as Bro. Robichau and his 
co-workers at ^toughton Junction put It, 
that it is not the salary which really permits 
the sacrifice of a day's pay a week, but the 
continuous round 6f duty which cries out for 
relief. Thus far thirty-two men have sent 
in their names desiring relief. The arrange- 
ment is to group one relief naan with seven 
men holding regular positions. First tricks 
are relieved first, second next, then third, 
when the relief man takes his day off. By 
using seven regular men in addition to the 
relief man it brings ones relief day one day 
later each week. Bro. Maher covers the first 
relief, Bro. Regan the second, Bro. Tompkins 
tiie third and Bro. Dwyer the fourth. The 
day later each week seems to be more satis- 
factory to the men than would a certain 
regular day each week. 

There was a large turnout at our Decem- 
ber meeting, when Vice-President Plerson 
gave an instructive and interesting address 
with a good moral, holding the close atten- 
tion of the entire audience from the begin- 
ning to the end of his talk. 

The Beneficial Association transacted its 
business in the ante-room, re-elected the 
same ofldcers with one exception, paid each 
member dividend checks for $9.85 and ad- 
journed barely in season to secure standing 
room at the regular meeting. The Benefi- 
cial Association Records but one death dur- 
ing the year. A large number of sick claims 
were paid, but few- were for the maximum 
amount. The association Justifies its ex- 
istence, evidenced by Its steadily increasing 
membership with but little ^ort upon the 
part of its members to secure applications. 



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The Railroad Telegrapher. 



What you do today will have an effect 
tomorroio. Bemember this when inclined to 
Bpend your union-earned money for non- 
union products. 

DtU, Lackawanna & W. R. R., DIv. 30. 

Another very eventful and BuccessfiU year 
has been closed, with oar division in a 
most prosperous condition; a report of 
which will be ffiven each member as soon 
as the accounts have been avdited. 

A few who feel they can get alon^r with- 
out a "paid up" in their pockets have been 
dropped for non-payment of dues. A list 
of these will shortly be sent to all our mem- 
bers, 80 that they may know whether one 
of these unfortunates Is in their immediate 
territory, and try to have them get up- 
to-date airaln. to enable us to represent 
them in case they had a srievance or assist 
them should they be stricken with some 
sort of an illness which would incapacitate 
them from earning: their daily bread. 

The different industries are layingr off 
their men, and after several weeks' idleness, 
re-employing: them at a greatly reduced 
rate of pay. It is the unorganized who are 
attached . first, all over the country. 

What would be the result on the railroads, 
if we had not been organized and ready to 
resist siny attack on our wages, until the 
price of livinsr had been brought down 
where it should be? 

Our General Chairman has been very busy 
the past year. A report of his work and 
that of the Local Chairman will be compiled 
at the close of the year's business and 
mailed to each member. Read them all 
very carefully and then ask yourself if it 
is not worth the small amount it is costinsr 
you. Tou cannot afford to pass it up, 
brothers, as your case might be the very 
next. Keep an up-to-date card in your 
pocket at all times and never allow your- 
selves to become delinquent in either your 
division dues or the insurance assessments. 
Use all non-members the way they should 
be used and keep their names before you 
so you will know who they are In case 
favors should be asked of you. I want to 
thank every member in good standing on 
December 31, 1920, for their earnest co- 
operation and support and hope that the 
coming year will bring: forth as good re- 
sults as has the past year. Best wishes 
to you all for a happy and prosperous year. 
C. C. COOP9R, G. S. & T. 

Morris mnd Essex Divisions — 

We are entering the new year in excellent 
shape, and a *'good start is half the race," 
so let us continue to travel along the pro- 
gressive path, and keep up the optimistic 
spirit? 

Bro. A. P. Stackhouse, first trick train 
director "PY," Hoboken, en route to Geor- 
gia, when his train stopped in Baltimore 



stepped off to try a "Hot Dog." and it pulled 
out and left him. The darky who sold him 
the. concoction thou^rht because "Stack" 
laughed at his predicament that he relished 
the* lunch, so the "coon" also latiffhed — 
heartily. 

Bro. J. jr. Haley, reliefman, has been on 
Boon ton Branch, lately working Little Falls, 
Mountain Lakes, Passaic and Boonton. 

Bro. Jadkson, first East Dover Junction, 
has been pensioned owin^ to physical con- 
dition. 

Bro. E. K. MacCauley, second DoYer. N. 
J., is at Hoboken messa^re office, peodtns 
bids. 

Our sympathy is extended to Bro. Georve 
Bang-hard^ Sr., ticket agent Paterson. K. 
J., who recently lost his son, Georsre Jr. 

Bro. and Mrs. N. B. Atwater are Tlsltin^ 
relatives in New Tork State. 

Bro. Pastor, Russell, and Bro. Skidmore 
were recent Atlantic City visitors. 

Bro. S. D. Cabell, second Littie Falls, wbo 
recently purchased two yearlings at Sara- 
toga Sprinsrs. N. Y., is developing them at 
Wilkins* race track, Singac, N. J. 

Bro. P. J. Dell, first West End, Port Mor- 
ris, while eatinfir some oysters found quito 
a \a.rge pearl. 

Santa Claus was apparsnUy qiiite gener- 
ous to aJL Cbrt. ISS. 



The union label is not a "ours alV* for in- 
dustrial injustices, hut it is the best tonic to 
prescribe for many of them. 

Missouri Pacific R. R., DIv. SI. 

Joplin Division — 

Sister Helen E. Scott, a«ent Alba, is visit- 
ing her sister in Louisiana. 

Bro. B. L. Brown, froni Jasper, bid in 
Carthage agency; Bro. Dick Rupard, "^ebb 
City, first, succeeded on Lamar tiiird by 
L. R Harris, and Bro. T. A. Manning bid in 
Lamar second, putting him at home, having" 
lived there several years. 

Bro. C. M. Harris is relieving Bro. Cole, 
second Jasper, who is handling the asency 
there, pending bids. 

We hope the grievances of Bro. Bailey and 
Wiggins, Webb City agency and first, will 
soon be settied. Bro. Warren Weaver is 
now at Liberal agency after the settllnflT of 
a grievance report. 

Bro. B. C. RuUman, who went to Wynne 
Relay in October, now doing relief work, is 
relieving Bro. Biggerstaff at Carona, who 
went to a hospital for relief from some trou- 
ble that has been bothering him lately. 

New members: Gllmartin, at Faulkner; 
Bouser, at Boston; Conroy, at Wilbur; 
Clyde Rouse, at Gomell third, and Clark, at 
Colony, leaving only Livingston at Fleming 
to make it 100 per cent. Such a condition 
was never attained before in the fifteen 
years I have been on this division, thirteen 



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from time to time to Include all persons 
whose only meand of livelihood is the sale 
of their labor. There is no apparent inten- 
tion on the part of those makinsr laws in this 
country to abolish either organized capital 
or business, or place the manufacturer in 
the position of having to accept anything 
that IB offered in a trade for commodities for 
sale. Bnr. Cob., Cert. 1S86. 



Cwnentvitte Divi9i(m^ 

A new year and n* O. PL T. new resolu- 
tions are worth anything unless accom- 
panied by an up-to-date card. Malce it an 
uniual and save time and trouble next July. 

'Bro. W. Qaumer, Hyndraan, Pa., has de- 
serted Gonnellsville Pivtaien for the more 
^tte snrroundingB in "DS** Pittsburs^. 

Bto. R. W. Corkran, wire c^ief Connells- 



part and not expect your local chairman to 
do all of the hustling. 

Our division has never been in better 
position than at present time. We are end- 
ing the year as near 100 per cent solid as 
we can hope to be. 

There has been considerable sickness dur- 
ing the year, but no fatal cases in our midst. 

Bro. Shafer is in St. Mary's Hospital, 
Tucson, Aria., very sick, and would appre- 
ciate a letter or a card from the members. 

Bro I G. G. Tope and wife of Seville have 
just recovered from a mild case of smallpox 
and are out of quarantine. 

Bro. McGarvey has been appointed dis- 
patcher. We all wish him success. 

Operaiors have an Idea that times and 
wages are better elsewhere and float from 
town to town, and are usually without cards. 



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The Railroad Telegrapher. 



Nearly all the men hired on this diylsion 
lately are of that class who have been out 
of railroad service some time. Our mem- 
bers are the ones who stick. 

Our new seniority list will show you who 
is who. The two extras shown as nons will 
soon be with us. 

I thank you one and all for the support 
given me during my term of office and wish 
you all a Happy and' Prosperous New Year. 
I remain, W. A. McCabb, Cert. 705, L. C. 



New York Division — 

Bro. J. P. Miller is the checker champion 
of this division, and we challenge any man 
in the telegraph department, providing he is 
up-to-date, for the championship of the en- 
tire system. He has been elected to succeed 
Bro. C. T. Bump as a member of the Safety 
First Conomittee representing the telegraph 
department, whose term expired Jan. 1, 1921. 
We hope Bro. Miller will be as faithful and 
sucoessful as Bro. Bump has been in the 
past. 

Bro. J. F: McOrath, *'DE" dispatcher's cir- 
cuit, is off sick. 

Brothers, study the book of rules and get 
ready for the wifitten examination the com- 
pany is going to have this year. We don't 
want anyone in the telegrraph department to 
fail on it. 

It is now Bro. Jas. A. Fry, agent second 
trick South Beach. Cbrt. 798. 



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By helping others we A«lp ourselves. Al- 
ways .demand the union label. Look for the 
shop card and working button. 

Chicago & Eastern III. R. R., Div. 34. 

We now have 600 members in good stand- 
ing. Thanks to our vigilant officers and 
live members* and we must see that this is 
maintained. 

The meeting at Danville was well attended 
and we had a splendid talk from Vice-Pres- 
ident Brown. 

Bro. Skiles advised us that the manage- 
ment has agreed to pay for the 1918 vaca- 
tions, so we can soon expect checks ranging 
from one day's pay up to fourteen. In 1919 
the Wage Board eliminated our vacations by 
adding two cents to our hourly rate, but the 
1918 vacations were not taken care of and 
the Wage, Board decided they should be paid 
fbr. 

I was unable to get away to attend the 
Chicago Heights meeting, but imderstand it 
was well attended. 

Bro. A. L. Pickering has returned from 
Hillsda'le to his old position at Pittwood and 
moved into the same house he moved out 
of some time ago, but at an increased rental 
of $2.00 a month. 

Brothers, if you haven't subscribed for 
"Labor," published at Washington, D. C, by 
the railroad broUierhoods, you should do so 



at once. It is a product of and belongs to 
organised labor. 

If you have subscribed and are not getting 
it, write me and I will see that you get it 
immediately. P. E. Hampton, Cert 820, 

129 West Locust St., Watseka, HI. 



Illinois and St. Louis Division — 

The Mt Vernon meeting was well at- 
tended. Quite a number of interesting ques- 
tions were debated and enthusiastic talka 
made by various brothers. 

Brothers, we will soon elect new otScers 
and should pick the best men for the Job. 

Bro. R. Odum, Tuscola, was relieved by 
his, brother, Gilbert, several nifilits. 

Bro. Mattix, third St. James, relieved a 
few dasrs by .Bro. Savole, who later relieved 
Bro. Fisher, agent there, on a trip to Nash- 
ville, Tenn. 

Bro. Smith, third W. F. Yard, was oft sev- 
eral days- recently, and Bro. Suttan, Kin- 
mundy, has been off some time, the latter 
owing to eye trouble. 

Bro. C. D. Williams went to Mitchell 
Yard, vice Bro. E. W. Perry, to "GO" Chl- 
ca90. 

Bro. W. D. Kirk bid in third "VN" Tower, 
and Bro. F. Larminer, second Fairground. 

Bro. W. F. Regenold hSLS accepted the 
cashier's position at West Frankfort. Many 
kind wishes for his success. 

Understand there are several new tricks 
to be opened at Barlow; that the Mt. Ver- 
non operators are to be moved to the end 
of the north pai^slng track, and a- water plug- 
installed, which will make a few new jobs. 

There is no excuse for nons on this divi- 
sion. There is plenty of work, so remember 
our motto, '*No card, no favors." 

Brothers, send me your news by the. 18th 
so I will have plenty of time to arrange and 
get it to St. Louis before the 26th of each 
month. R. Odum, Cert 868, 

Tuscola, m. 



Terre Haute District — 

Bro. Williams, O. C. Junction first, re- 
lieved a few days by Bro. F. R. Allen, and 
Bro. Joley, third there, owing to illness sev- 
eral days, relieved by A. A. Moore. Broth- 
ers, see that he keeps his promise to Join. 
David Adams, who worked at Dewey seyeral 
years ago, relieved Bro. L. M. Callecod, first 
there, one day recently on account of illness. 
Atherton third closed one night recently 
owing to the illness of the operator there. 

North Terre Haute ageney has now been 
f incorporated into our schedule, and it is now 
Bro. W. H. Adams, agent there. 

The correspondent, recently married, is oft 
enjoying his honeymoon. <^ 

E. J. MxRCSR, A. I^ C, Cert 422. 
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Cm R. I. & P. Ry., Div. 35. 
lUinoia Division — 

At the recent meetln^r of general chairmen 
in Chicago it was decided to simply endeavor 
-to straighten out any inequalities created by 
the application of Interpretation No. 8. It 
was felt wiiile efforts were being made to 
reduce the high cost of living that it was an 
opportune time to • ask for a general wage 
increase. The Wage Board has already re- 
fused our petition for a rehearing. How- 
ever, the law specifies that any inequalities 
caused by the United States Ha41road Admin- 
istration's orders must be straightened out, 
and It is upon this point that we will base 
our contentions when appearing before the 
board again. 

Our General Committee met the manage- 
ment on December 16th, who stated that 
they were not In any position to grant any 
increase at this time, advising that this was 
final. The matter has been turned over to 
the Grand Division and a date was arranged 
for 2 p. m. Wednesday, December 22nd, to 
meet Vice-President Brown and our com- 
mittee. 

Remember, when you are required to work' 
on the shift of another telegrapher at your 
station that you are entitled to call and 
overtime rates for all time worked outside 
of your regular assignment, in addition to 
your regular rate of pay for your regular 
alignment, even though you may not work 
a minute on the latter.. This covers week 
days only, as we are not guaranteed any- 
thhig on Sundays and holidays, hours and 
pay for those days being governed by art# 
cle 3, paragraphs K, L and O. 

Never in the history of organized labor 
was it more imperative that every nian and 
woman should belong to an organization 
representing their craft, as capital Is just 
starting the open shop to destroy the or- 
Saniied labor movement in the United 
States, which stands for a living wage, a 
comfortable home, educated . children, self- 
i^espect and good citizenship. 

Be careful not to willfully violate our 
contract It has taken us years , to secure 
these concessions, and cost us a lot of money. 

About one of the biggest contentions we 
have at the present time is the misuse of 
the dispatcher's telephone by trainmen, en- 
KinemejEi and clerks. The recent Railroad 
Conductors' schedule contains a clause In ef- 
fect that they are not required to use tele- 
Pliumes for train orders, except in the ex- 
treme emergencies, but only to give or re- 
ceive information necessary where no em- 
ployes are located for that purpose. 

Send copies of train orders, copied by con- 
ductors to your local chairman. We have 
the names of most of them who make a 



out of the organization if they persisted in 
this misuse of the phones. 

Close your stations during your absence 
and at night. Clerks are still using the 
phones at LaSalle and Jollet Yards, Utlca, 
Annawan and Tlskllwa. Agents and oper- 
ators should Instruct clerks at their stations 
to keep off the telephone when the operator 
closes for the night. We hear them asking 
how trains are and they impart this infor- 
mation to the public as well as to trainmen. 

Bro. Davidson was a recent Minneapolis 
and St. Paul visitor. 

Bro. W. J. Raymond, Dlv. 64, who relieved 
Bro. Young at Gen^seo several days, later 
relieving Bro. Carter on third Bureau, off 
on account of a bad foot.- O. L. A. 



Illinoia Division Notes— 

Bro. W. L. White, agent Tinley Park, bid 
in third Rockdale, and Bro. Carter, first 
DePue. 

Brothers on the Bureau Line, keep after 
ex-Bro. Phillips, • agent at Henry ; ex-Bro. 
Funk, agent Sherrard, and Leverman 
Mather, second "MC" Tower, Jollet 

Bro. Shaw ffom the Missouri Division went 
over the line recently and secured the ap- 
plications of Kelly, Princevllle'; Hedstrom, 
Alta; Otto, Cambridge, and B. G. Freytag, 
Reynolds. The agents at LaSalle and Ot- 
tawa are still on the outside. 

Bro. M6Beth, Bureau first, who relieved 
Bro. Bast, agent there, on the sick list, later 
reported ill and was relieved by Bro. C. E. 
Laughlin. 

Thanks to Bro. Allspaugh for his monthly 
Items. Some of you brothers on the West 
End 9Jid Bro. Thompson or some other 
brother at Peoria give us a write-up from the 
Bureau and Rip Lines. We could have a 
good write-up every month If all of you 
would assist me. 

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 
New Year. Cbrt. 2048. 



Missouri Division — 

Happy New Year to all. Get your new 
cards. The 1921 annuals only cost $14.00. 
Last year we all got $244.00 or more for 
an investment of $14.00. Sorry to say some 
didn't invest the $14.00. Let's all get an an- 
nual who can and not be bothered for a 
year. It saves the general office expense 
and work; too. 

Didn't receive any notes from anyone, and 
it's hard to pick up any. 

Bros. White, first, and Cross, third Eldon, 
relieved a few days by Bro. Winsor. 

Bro. Lynn, first Columbus Junction, In- 
jured by a train at Muscatine, is in a hos- 
pital there getting along nicely. 

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New members: Short, affent Udell; I^n- 
dnmi, third pt. Joe Yard, and Morrow, agent 
Weatherby. 

The committee is workiner on a new sched- 
ule, as our old one is up March Ist, '1921. 
Trylnff to make the positions that did not 
work on Sunday pay the same rate as the 
ones that did. In times like these we must 
be solid if we ^pect to maintain our pres- 
ent rates of pay. With wages being cut in 
practically all lines of work and no reduc- 
tion in the cost of living, now is the time to 
stick. They are not cutting us because the 
rkilroad crafts are strongly organised, other- 
wise we would be handed the same thing as 
the unorganized classes. If they can break 
up the unions it will mean 14 hours a day, 
146.00 a month, no Sundays off. So *'W6 
must hang together or we will hang sepa- 
rately." 

They have killed and are still, killing 
miners in West Virginia for no other crime 
than that of Joining a labor union. I didn't 
learn this from the daily papers. They don't 
tell the truth, because they get their money 
from the moneyed class to suppress the 
truth. 

Read Upton Sinclair's great expose of the 
newspapers called The Brasa Check. Or- 
der from him direct at Pasadena, Califor- 
nia, or I will furnish them at 60c each. That 
is Just what he sells them for, so I prefer 
you would order direct from him. Also read 
Labor, 12.00 a year, published in Wash- 
ington, D. C, by the railroad brotherhoods. 
It tells the truth. 

Some kind-hearted brother mail me a few 
notes each month. 

Cbrt. 1580, Box 668, Davenport, Iowa. 



lotoa Division — 

H. M. Hansen is the guilty one. Bxcept 
for him we would be 100 per cent in botb 
departments. 

Remember, if you are assigned a position 
you cannot cancel your bid and retain old 
position unless you can bid it in again when 
put on next bulletin. Some have been do- 
ing it, but it is contrary to the schedule and 
will be stopped from now on. 

It is pleasing to see so many yearly cards 
for 1921, as it shows enthusiastic support 
of our organization. We are being watched 
and any tendency to let organization be- 
come loose will be taken advantage of by 
the other side, but if we keep it right up to 
the highest degree of effectiveness and eflS- 
ciency we have nothing to fear. Bear in mind 
what was attempted when the nine-hour law 
was made effective. Our organization se- 
cured its enactment and maintained our 
rates of pay when it becahie operative. 

F. L. Furlong and J. M. Hull, both new 
men on the division, lined ui^ as soon as 
asked. 



Bro. Blair Hull, Menlo first, was relieved 
a short time by Bro. J. M. Hull. 

Bro. Meacham is handling the ticket busi- 
ness at Newton, vice Bro. Kuhns, appointed 
city passenger agent Des Moines. Bro. Walls 
is at Newton, extra. 

Bros. Boatright and C. Brown are spend- 
ing the winter in Southern Florida, probably 
to "try out" Key West cigars. 

Bro. Morfors, Harlan, reports that the de- 
pot there has been repaired for the first time 
in 40 years, and the rat^ and mice are dis- 
appointed at not being able to celebrate 
Christmas in the ofllce, as has been their 
custom. 

Bro. Paul Brown, Co. Blufb third. Is 
being relieved by Bro. McNlchols, and Bro. 
Putnam, second there, by Bro. Wiese. 

Bro. Joe Thompson relieved me while I 
was on organizing trip recently. 

Bro. Eiastman is now on second Anita, 
Kellogg second being closed. 

Please remit 1921 dues promptly. Also 
M. B. D. H. N. DuTTON, Local Chairman. 



Dea Moinea Valley Diviaion — 

Bro. T. N. Qreer relieved at Knoxville, on 
bid by M. L. parks. See that he keeps his 
promise to line up. Bro. Qreer later relieved 
on Pelia second and Prairie City second. 

Local Chairman Sandmier, relieved by 
Helper Parks from Donds, went over the 
division recently to line up the few nons. 
Some are still out. 

Bro. Dykstra, agent Pella, and Bro. Ar- 
nold, Sigourney, enjoyed two weeks Christ- 
mas holidays with home folks. 

Bro. R. B. Madden, second Evans, visited 
^is parents in Keosauqua recently. 

Bros. Brake and Love, agents Lelghton 
and Oivin, and Bro. Richards, Bvans, were 
recent Oskaloosa callers. Csrt. 786. 



Colorado DMaion — 

Out of a total of 87 telegraphers on this 
division there are only two who are taking 
some of the Joy out ot the lives of those of 
us who are working to build up a 100 per 
cent division. One is a delinquent, the other 
is J. B. Ernest, a non. 

We have only had three contributions to 
the fioral fimd, making a total of $4.60 oh 
deposit. If this is to be reflected as the 
"fraternal spirit" of the telegraphers on this 
division, we are certainly very shy of that 
"spirit" 

On suggestion of President E. J. Manion we 
did not ask during schedule negotiations for 
any changes in the rules in schedule, Just 
maximum application of interpretation No. 8 
to be applied to all positions. This would bring 
the differentials that did exist prior to Gov- 
ernment control. Our proposition was sent 
in Dec. 1st and it will be Jan. 6th before we 
can get 4 hearing on it." Our roles are 



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Illinois Central R. R., Div. 3«. 
Louisiana Diui9ion — 

I have been appointed correspondent for 
this division and will appreciate your assist- 
ance. Send me the news at the time you 
hear of it so I can get it to Thb Tblbo- 
lAPHER before the 25th of each month. 

The meeting at McComb, Sunday night, 
Dec 6th, was well attended and consider- 
able business transacted. A motion was 
paased to the effect that Bro. J. T. Mash- 
horn be reimbursed for the difference paid 
on the typewriter of $33.00, which had been 
borrowed from the floral fund. 

There is no room on this division for nons. 
Get their applications as soon as they get 
soing good. 

Election is over and it looks lUce business 
is also. Wonder who is to blame for it? 

Bro. R. C. McGlohn at Gwin lost every- 
thing he had recently by fire except a suit 
hi a pressing shop, the one he wore and his 
overcoat he had with him. His wife, mother 
and babies lost all their belongings, escap- 
tag in their night clothing. 

Bro. C. C. Wilson has resumed at Mc- 
C5omb after 30 days rest, looking very much 
Unproved. Bro. Holliday, extra dispatcher, 
is back on his former telegraph position 
there, and Bro. A- C. EHlzey, Kentwood, is 
breakteg in. We all wish him success. 

Bro. L. Li. Chambers, agent Kenwood, on 
"<<* leave, is being relieved by Bro. A. H. 
Baker. Bro. A. M. ("OX") Bullock, third 
Bden, te in New Orleans hospital. 

Bro. O. M. 8pragin8,*'McComb, is all smiles 
<»T€r the recent arrival of a new grandson. 

Let OS all make a good stkrt for 1921 by 
paying up and keeping paid up. 

I am under obligations to Bros. White, 
Eltrton, Sprmglns and Rivers for help. L»et's 
hate a write-up every month hereafter. 

Cbrt. 608. 



y. * If. F. R, R., New Orleane Diviaiof^— 
We have now passed out of 1920 into the 



sister members and find out what is going 
on. There is always something interesting 
brought up at these meetings, and you are 
missing a lot by not attending. Make this 
another New Year's resolution. 

I always notify the members in plenty of 
time to make arrangements to get off, so at 
our next regular meeting in January let us 
have a better attendance. 

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 
New Year. C. L. Brueck, L. C. 



Minnesota Division — 

Local Chairman Davis had a conference 
recently with Supt McCabe over a number 
of grievances with little success. 

S. V. Braden was recently appointed agent 
at Independence, and E. E. Truitt bid in first 
there. 

General Chair/nan Mulhall was a recent 
visitor to our division on business with the 
superintendent, which took up so much of 
his time that he was unable to see the boys. 

Let's have a write-up each month from 
this division. I will be glad to send them 
in until subh time as we appoint a division 
correspondent, If you will be kind enough 
to send me a few notes. 

I hope you will all pay up promptly and 
give us a percentage in membership that will 
compare favorably with the other divisions 
on the system. 

Remember, "No card, no favors/* 

J. J. Davis, L. C, Cert. 565. 



There would be no necessity for an "un- 
fair^ list if we all did our share in boosting 
the union label, 

C, B. & Q. R. R., DIv. 37. 

Oalesburg Division, Quincy Branch — 

Bro. Phillips, who relieved Bro. Harring- 
ton on second Quincy switch a few days, 
later relieved Bro. Watts at Ewbanks, who 
took the former regular. 

Bro. Taute, second Qolden, relieved by 
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Bro. Hayden, agent St. Augustine, on a 
business trip to Chicago, relieved by EJxtra 
Agent Hauber two days. 

Bro. Peterson, first Macomb» relieved by 
Bro. Dow a few days, and he on second by 
Extra Grimes, who later relieved Bro. Gar- 
rison, second Bardolph, several days while 
quail hunting. 

Bro. G. V. Jones spent a few hours in 
Galesburg between trains recently. 

Thanks to the brothers of the Qulncy . 
Branch for the nice donation towards Bro. 
Herron's dues. 

H. L. Thompson, A. L. C, Cert. 958. 



Peoria Branch — 

Bro. Antrim, third' Canton, bid in second 
yates City, relieved by ex- Wright, and Bro. 
Elalfman. third Yates City, bid In second 
Elmwood, relieved by Bro. Gookios, latter 
relieved by Bro. Swigart, third Maquon, one 
night on account of sickness. 

Bro. Sapplngton, agent St. David, relieved 
by Bro. Higgins a few days on account of 
sickness. 

Bro. Botkins, Galesburg Relay, spent elec- 
tion night in Farmington copying returns. 

Bro. Duncan, second Maquon relieving 
Bro. Taylor, agent Douglas, who was re- 
lieved by Bro. Phillips. 

A. A. OuvBR, Cert. 3029. 



Beardstoum Division — 

Bro. Korte is back at Beardstown Relay 
from a trip to his Florida farm. 

Sister Wilson, /formerly Block 104, Is 
working in Kennedy's store at Beardstown, 
and Bro. Hardy is at 104 now, vice Bro. 
Teague. Sister Weeks, off several weeks 
owing to the serious illness of her mother, 
will resume shortly at 104 regular. Bro. 
Larson, off a few days on account if the ill- 
ness of his baby girl, is back at 104 again. 

Bro. H. E. Korte, financial secretary and 
treasurer of the fiower fund, reports: 

Cash on hand last report, 132.05 ; received 
since, $11.00 ; total, |43.06. Disbursements, 
flowers, stamps, $5.14 ; total cash on hand 
Dec. 17, $37.91. 

Our little fund is growing and our divi- 
sion is In better condition than ever before, 
187 members and only two delinquents. You 
are the ones who have brought about this 
great improvement and I want to thank you 
all and announce myself as candidate for 
re-election as local chairman and also as 
delegate to the Grand Convention. 

I want you brothers and sisters to decide 
this by your vote, as my opponent, whoever 
be or she may. be, will be an honorable one. 
We have no other kind on this division. 

Bro. Lasky, Winchester nights, stepped 
outside a few nights ago and looked right 
into the business end of a gun. (Bro. Lasky 
says, "A big gun.") The holdup man forced 



him back into the office and demanded lie 
open the money drawer, which Bro. Lasky 
did. As there was only 18 cents in it tlie 
robber would not take it, but proceeded on 
his way, much to the relief of Bro. Lasky. 
Start the new year with an annual and 
you will start right 

C. W. McCONNBLL, L. C, Cert. 1940. 



8t. Joseph, Mo., Division — 

Bro. F. T. Brennen left Galveston, Tex., 
Nov. 80th for Germany as, wireless operator 
' on the steamship Maschico. 

Bros. Scott and Acord are now enjoying 
the new modern passenger station at Mound 
City vs. box cars. 

A number of helpers were taken off re- 
cently. 

All game records will be broken hereafter 
as Bro. J. B. Adamson at Waldron now tias 
a powerful gun. 

Sister McClure, "RM" Kansas City, has 
resigned, succeeded by G. A Oberlin, a new 
man. Someone with or near by line him up 

Bro. C. F. Acord is on Bigelow third. 

There were no bids for temporary relief 
agent. 

Bro. W. L. Cooksey, first Francis street, 
on leave of absence on account of his health, 
relieved by Mr. Jarvis, who will soon be in 
line, and he by Brelsford, who has asked for 
the blanks. 

Chariton branches are now solid, thanks 
to Bro. W. C. Elder's assistance. 

Bro. T. L. Lips, agent Langdon, was 
scalded shaking down a stove by a bucket 
of hot water falling off of the stove when 
he was shaking the grate. Bro. H. B. 
Shandy relieved him. 

E^ve^ybody pay their dues and M. B. D. 
assessments promptly. We must have no de- 
serters if we expect to succeed and keep 
what we now have. 

We appreciate very much your help the 
past year and hope there will be no slacken- 
ing up of your union spirit during 1921. 

L. J. Miller, Cert. 788, Coin, la. 



Hannibal Division — 

This division shows 109 members paying 
dues and no delinquents for term ending 
Dec. 81st. We yet have one or two nons; 
we should get In line and make the division 
solid for 1921. 

The two brothers who have beea so kind 
to assist in getting Uie write-up for the 
journal have been so busy Christmas shop- 
ping that they failed to give us their items 
this month. 

Don't overlook your dues for this term. 
Have your remittance in before Feb. SSth. 

Q, BlATS. 

Brookfleld Division, Bast Snd-^ 

Bro. Rice, St. Catherine, was off a few 
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accept these benefits^ then such excuses 
could be accepted with more belief in the 
sincerity of those making them. 

W. C. Harrbll, a. L. C. 



Lincoln Division — , ' / 

Closed on account of slack business, third 
"HN" Hastings, second and third Cobb, sec- 
ond Hamora, Murphy and Phillips; Bro. 
Lannom, Hastings, to "OS" third, opened 
up again ; Bro. Lieach, second Cobb, bumped 
R. A. Alshouse, second Cushman, and Bro. 
Bufllngton, third Cobb, Is relieving Bro. 
Swan, Bell wood agency, 30 days. Hope the 
extra board can keep the other brothers gQ- 
ing till business picks up' again. 

Bro. Reeves is relieving at . Sargent, Ex- 
tra Spease a£ second Hastings while Bro. 
Holder is having operation for tonsilitis. 
and Sister Davis is relieving Bro. Miller, 
third Orcmd Island. Later Spease relieved 
Bro. Wahl, second Fairmont, three nights, 
and Bro. Greenwood relieved Bro. Woods, 
first there, while attending company law 
suit at Grand Island, off three days. 

Bro. Hudson recently relieved Bro. Cogill, 
agent P. Dale; Bro. Hargitt, third, and 
Bro. McMinn, second Milford, each a few 
days. 

Bro. Miller, second, and Bro. Bussenbar- 
rick, third Seward, were off several nights 
recently. 

Bro. Wood, second "KT" Lincoln, woi;^ed 
a few days In "NI" recently, while Extra 
Dispatcher Miller worked his trick at the 
yard. 

Bro. H. C. Todt, third Sutton, has had his 
name changed from Todt, bis adopted name, 
to Gardner, his legal name, and has located 
a brother at Douglas, Kansas. 

A. A. Canpibld, Cert. 8157, 

Fairmont, Neb. 



AlUance Division, West End — 

Bro. Davis, first Crawford, sick a few 
days, relieved by Bro. Langley, relieved on 
third Rutland by Bro. James of Trojan, 
Langley later going to Hoffland, afterwards 
relieving Bro. James, third Rutland, ten 
days, and then to Mullen. When fourth 
Edgemont was pulled Bro. Uhl relieved Bro. 
Langley on first Crawford. 

Bro. J. G. Davis, agent Provo, relieved a 
few days by Bro. Hobson, relieved on sec- 
ond by Sister Hobson. 

Sister Hollenbeck, agent Pringle, has re- 
signed to go East, we understand, to be 
married. 

Bro. Hyatt bid in Mystic agency, vice 
Bro. Beech. 

Bro. Jolly, agent Englewood, on his 
honesrmoon to California, relieved by Bro. 
Bradley. 

Forces along the line are being cut on 
account of slack business. 



Boys, please send me all the news you 
can. Thanks to Bro. Hyatt for his notes. 
••B" at *'RN," Cert 1744. 

Sterling Division — 

New members : O. L. Jarman,' Guernsey, 
Wyo., and R, E. Gilmore, Grover, Colo. 
There are only two men out now holding 
regular scheduled positions. Every mem- 
ber on the division keep after them. If you 
don't know where they are located, ask me. 
Only two delinquents at this writing, Dec. 
21 St. both old agent members, who, I believe, 
will be paid up before you read this. We 
now have 74 members and are well above 
the 100 per cent mark. 

Bros. A. C. McKee and Thos. E. Hudson, 
transferred to this division, - are on the ex- 
tra list, both fine young fellows whom we 
are glad to have with us^ 

I thank you all for the splendid support 
you have given me in getting our division 
lined up in such splendid shape. Our 
younger operators and the ladies have 
shown the true imion spirit and done their 
share toward organising. Continue to obey 
the schedule and get the non newt to you. 

The close of 1920 shows the largest mem- 
bership in the history of Division 87, owing 
to the efforts of our officers, Bros. Denton 
and Rogers, and the 21 local chairmen, 
nobly assisted by an active membership. We 
start in January with the $17.00 fee, have 
28 delegates to our next convention already 
assured, and must have 25. Send me the 
names of any nons left and I will furnish 
the ammunition to do it with. 

The election of local chairman is by mail 
ballots during February. Every member 
should vote for his choice of candidates. 
Ordinarily only about half of the members 
on this division do so. Vote the same day 
you receive your ballot. Don't lay it away 
and forget about it until after the election 
is over. If I am nominated I will be a 
candidate for re-election, but I want every 
member to vote for his choice. 

Dont' forget our flower fund ; 50 cents is 
due from all. P. A. Sense, L. C, Cert. 48. 



McCook Division — 

Bro. Schroeder is back on third Oxford 
after working first trick some time; Bro. 
Kipp to second Trenton. Bro. Jessupp, sec- 
ond Oxford, called to Cincinnati a few days 
owing to the illness of his son going to school 
there. 

Bro. Jones relieved Bro. Luke, ag^t 
Bloomington, several weeks, taking treat- 
ment at Mayo Brothers, Rochester. 

Bro. Nash, third Bartley, suffering with 
blood poisoning in his hand, relieved a few 
days by Miss Vetter from Wunk, who later 
relieved on second Haigler and third Yuma 
several days, when Bro. F. A. Taylor, of the 
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station clerk, will soon be with us. 

Bro. KoelmeU second Bartley, took in the 
bright lights at Denver for a few days re- 
cently. 

Bra Elixea, second Holdrege, attended the 
recent EHks' convention at Omaha. 

Cert. 1579. 



Wfmore Division — 

The sudden death of Chief Dispatcher 
Clements wbb a shock to everyone. A nice 
floral offering was sent by the brothers. . 

Bro. C. O. Glenn, from "SN" office, has 
been promoted to regular dispatcher. 

Bro. Forbis, second Nebraska City, is 
trying out in Wymore Relay. 

New members: Bro. G. N. Bragg. Guide 
Rock, and Bro. H. S. Sanborn, Table Rock 
third, tranf erred from Division 44. 

Pay your dues promptly, brothers, for the 
new year, and don't hesitate to ask that 
new man working with apu if he has a card. 
If not, send to your local chairntan for 
blanks. 

Remember, '*No card, no favors." 

Cbrt. 666. 



The union labsl, card and button assure 
letter living conditions for the children. 

Ptrt Marquette R. R., DIv. 39. 
Port Huron-Chrand Bapids DiiHsion — 

Never before in our history has Division 
39 made such progress as in the past year 
There are two factors responsible for this ; 
one, the loyal co-operation of the member- 
ship; the other, the untiring efforts of our 
S^eral chairman. It is an old. saying, that 
a ship cannot navigate the high seas with- 
out the co-operation of the humblest sailor, 
and on the vice versa, it cannot make prog- 
ress without the captain to command. In 
our case the same sentiment is quoted — 
without the proper captain and the loyal 
support of the membership we would never 
have attained the efficiency we have 
reached. 

I realize there are times when some of us 
wy, "What has our committee done." This 
eoQid be easily answered if space and time 
permitted. When our annual reports have 
been completed we will endeavor to give 
you, through these columns, a brief history 
of the various things accomplished during 
the year Just closed. 

On November 2nd we were called upon 
to ezprem our choice for candidates to rep- 
resent us in our Government. This month 
we are called upon to cast our ballots for 
candidates to represent us in this organiza- 
tion for the ensuing two years. Our nomi- 



of every member to cast his or her vote at 
the proper time, but when we have done 
this our duty does not cease. It still re- 
mains for every one of us to assist all we 
possibly can the ofl!lcers we elect, and give 
them the proper support in their positions 
to bring about the desired conditions the 
preamble of our constitution calls for. 

There are a number of roads making their 
slog^an *'An annual card'* for 1921. Let's 
all see if Division 39 cannot be one of the 
foremost In this action. It takes only a lit- 
tle effort and you spend less tinle by remit- 
ting for a years' dues at one time than by 
waiting and doing it twice. It also saves 
your secretary- treasurer just half as much 
work. The mere carrying of a "card*' does 
not get you very far. You get out of your 
organization just what you put in it, not in 
tlie price of dues paid, but in the support 
that co-operation and individual interest 
give. Without all these things combined 
the officers' efforts would be futile, and at 
this time I want to commend you for the 
hearty support given us the past year and 
hope the same privilege will be accorded 
us in the future. * 

Dues notices for the current term were 
mailed all the members Dec. 14th, 1920. Any 
member not receiving his should not with- 
hold his remittance on that account, as your 
check, name and certificate number on a 
slip of paper will answer the purpose, but 
remember that the two calendar months 
you have in which to make payment expires 
Feb. 28th. In this resect also remember 
that punctuality denotes consideration of 
others and appreciation of the value of time 
and good business. It also increases 'valua- 
tion to others and insures realization of 
success. 

Bro. Caul recently relieved Operator Hall, 
second Greenville, on account of sickness, 
and Bro. Cole, second Lakeview, was re- 
lieved a week by Operator Gillepsi, a former 
Pere Marquette man. just returned from the 
West All those of a roaming disposition 
finally drift back to the old P. M. 

Bro. Burr made a pleasant visit at Big 
Rapids the middle of December. Since his 
departure we are addressing all the em- 
ployes there as "Brother." We now have 
more members than scheduled positions, but 
there yet remains a very few nons, and 
every member should make it his personal 
business to continue soliciting until we get 
them all within our fold. 

Bro. Vern Merrill has just returned to 
second Bad Axe after better than two years 
in the service of his country, having just 
very recently received his discharge. The 
first thing he did upon his return was to 
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get him a wife; the next was to renew his 
card. The happy couple have our sincere 
congratulations for a long and happy life. 

Cert. 224. 



Safeguard your health — refuse sweatshop 
products. Demand the union label. 

Boston & Maine R. R., Div. 41. 
Southern Division — 

Bro. John Nolan died Nov. 13, 1920, at 
Rutland, Mass. He was obliged to relin- 
quish his position June 24th. He had been 
a silent sufferer for many months previous 
and death came as a blessed relief to one 
of Ood's real noblemen. During his 25 
years' service on this road, 15 years of it 
was spent in "GM" office, his last position 
being car distributor. He was an expert 
operator and the profession has lost a valued 
member, the O. R. T. a loyal brother, and 
those whose privilege It was to know him a 
staunch and never failing friend. His death 
will be a distinct shock to the many broth- 
ers who knew him. 

Death surely loves a shining mark. Qen- 
erous to a fault, his genial smile and good 
nature was always in evidence. No one will 
ever know the extent of his charity and good 
works but the one who has called him in the 
beauty of his manhood at 40 years to his 
everlasting rest His friends were legion ' 
as was manifested in many ways during his 
last illness, and as his personal friend for 
tile past 16 years, I wish to extend my 
thanks to all for the many expressions of 
sympathy and flowers. 

All that was left of "Big Jack" was 
brought to his cousin's residence in Woburn, 
Mass., where services were held Tuesday, 
Nov. 16, at St. Charles Church, and inter- 
ment was made at Milford, N. H., where he 
rests beside his mother, father, sister and 
brother, the last of his family. 

Good bye, "Jack," you will be sadly 
missed, but by no one like your old chum 
and friend. Requiescat in pace. 

Cert. 731. 



W. N. d P. Division-' 

Bro. Philbrick, Bennington, sick a few 
days, was relieved by Bro. Earl of Elmwood, 
N. H., Bro. Patterson covering both Jobs at 
the latter point, Bro. Brown, Hancock, on 
sick list a few days, was relieved by his wife, 

Bro. Gage, Greenfield, N. H., on several 
months' leave to California, is being re- 
lieved by Bro. Kidder, formerly in Nashua 
dispatcher's ofl!ice, now on spare list owing 
to reduction In forces. 

Bro. Defoe, who bid in Hubbardston, has 
bid his own Job back again on account of the 
reduction in hours at Hubbardston, Bro. 
Babkirk covering the latter point until bid 
In by Bro. Murphy, of Hollis. 

Bro. Patterson landed his deer after a 
long hunt in Elmwood woods. 

This is the first write-up in the Journal 



from this division for more than a year. 
As soon as we receive The TBLBoaAJ*HER we 
look for a write-up from our own division 
and are disappointed if we do not find one. 
It will only cost a two-cent stamp each 
month to send a few lines to Bro. S. Good- 
win, Genera] Telegraph Office, North Sta- 
tion, Boston, Mass., our correspondent, who 
will gladly appreciate any help we can give 
him. I am going to do so in the future, but 
will be unable to cover the entire division, j 
and suggest that Bro. Rutledge, Harvard, ' 
Mass., send him notes between Worcester 
and Ayer ; Bro. Hammond, dispatcher's of- 
fice, between Ayer and Rochester; Bro. 
Brill. Wescott, Me., between Rochester and 
I'ortland ; Bro. Denio, Henniker, N. H., be- I 
tween Manchester and Elmwood, via Hllls- 
boro, and that Bro. Murphy, West Ringe, 
N. H., cover the territory between Elmwood 
and Worcester. If these brothers will kindly 
do this we can have a good write-up every j 
month. Items must be mailed to Bro. Good- 
win before the 18 th day of each month. Let's | 
go to it with a will, and not have the I 
O. R. T. appear so dead on this division. 
C. A. Brown, Cert. 1215, Hancook, N. H. 



Fitchburg Division — 

During the high water In December, the 
cofTer dam, built around the large one at 
Erving, Mass., gave way, dropping two hun- 
dred feet to track into a hole thirty feet 
deep, where an extra freight piled twelve 
cars on the top of the engine, killing the 
engineer, fireman and head brakemaa. The 
latter was caught by his feet and held until 
the water surged over his head. Everything 
possible was done to rescue him, but he 
drowned before the wreckage could be cut 
away. 

Maynard and Hudson, Masa, operators' 
positions abolished, Bro. Alder of former 
going to Lincoln third spare. 



White Mountain Division — 

The night chief in "DS" office has been 
taken off, with two or three clerks. Dis- 
patcher Lester returns to Plymouth second 
after getting bumped by Dispatcher Pierce 
Dispatcher Mann is now examiner on this 
division. 

Bro. Hamel, second WoodsviUe, relieved 
by spare Moe, from South Dakota. We 
nearly had him lined up, but "the call of 
the wilds" got him and he is roaming again. 
Bro. Hardy has bid In third Woodsvllle, 
sending Mike to Montpelier tidtet office, a 
newly opened position. 

Bro. Joseph has returned from hte nine 
weeks' honeymoon. 

S. Goodwin. CeTt. 406, "VN,'" "GBf." 



Erie Railroad, DIv. 42. 
Your General Committee voted unanimous- 
ly for the general chairman to devote hia 
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tlon we cannot succeed. Every member 
should try to land the nons working with 
or next to him and advise me at once the 
retnlt of their efforts, In order that I may 
be able to assist them In securing: such ap- 
plications. 

Our membership dues were Increased be- 
Ktanlngr January 1st, 1921, at the last com- 
mittee meeting in Buffalo, N. Y., to enable 
OS to put our creneraJ chairman on a salary 
and have him attend to O. R. T. matters 
only. giviniT him an opportunity to canvass 
all the divisions, meet all the members and 
PQt Division 42 on a solid basis. 

The railroad officials are as positive of 
cmr strength almost as we ourselves, or our 
representatives, therefore we should try to 



week. 

We are endeavoring to increase the at- 
tendance at these monthly meetings and 
urge each member who can possibly do so 
to make a special effort to be present at 
Paterson on the third Tuesday of each month 
and assist in making them a success. 

The train service is excellent for all first 
and third trick men between Jersey City and 
Butler. Our meeting room Is right In the 
center of the city and very convenient to 
the station. 

The brothers should realize that these 
meetings are held for their benefit and it is 
useless for us to go to all the expense of 
holding them if they do not show the proper 
spirit by attending. 

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In Chese days of cut wages, layoffs and 
iockouts it is absolutely necessary that we 
stand together, as we cannot tell at what 
moment the lightning will strike home. 

General Chairman Hesser will be with us 
at most of the future meetings and it is 
also our intentions to arrange for a few so- 
cials in connection therewith. 

third Tuesday on your calendar 
"O. R. T." letters and do not 
notice. In the present . changing 
of the country there are many 
good union men who will live to 
• failure to attend regularly the 
' their organization, 
at present is very slow and sev- 
brothers are out of work, 
t to hear that Bro. Kohls is sick 
ew York hospital, 
lelan, second '*RD," and Bro. 
rd "MP," exchanged tricks dur- 
ter. 

was off a week recently on ac- 
ness. 

1 a new card? If not, you only 
ore month to secure it. We want 
s" this time. Cert. 2069. 



ian National Rys., Div. 43. 

ision. First District — 

not had a write-up on this divi- 
ne time and have decided to keep 

the other divisions, so, brothers, 
ly notes you can and I will ar- 
send them in each month. I know 
& happenings on the district, but 
3 may be going on that will not 

successful meeting was held in 
Sunday, Dec. 5th, with 28 broth- 
A few more of the boys from 
ne would have attended but the 
in was 16 hours- late and those 
Dme had to ride freight trains, 
ir or five members from the cen- 
t with us, who we are always 
come, but were sorry Bro. Simp- 
River, did not put In an appear- 
e a number of important items 
jsed, principally the new sched- 
:es, regarding which general sat- 
is unanimously expressed. 
5 still a few "nons" on our divi- 
eifter them and do not rest until 
lem all in the organization and 
00 per cent mark. 
). Murphy, Mikado, goes to Cud- 
tlon, and Bro. Wells, Margo, bid 
I understand all the company 
M. will have at Cudworth June- 
old torn cat. 

3donnell. working spare in Dau- 
amer, bid in tliird Kamsack, later 
third Dauphin, and Bro. H. C. 
: to first Prince Albert 
c, Hyas, is being relieved by Bro. 



Bro. Tripp bid in first Canora with six 
months' seniority, getting in ahead of a 
number of boys who did not think they iMid 
any chance and did not send in a bid, to 
their sorrow now. 

We are all glad to see Bro. "Dad" Cor- 
bett back to work again. He is now on 
third Canora. 

Bro. Nelson, first Tisdale, was relieved by 
Bro. Dake and has gone to Los Angeles for 
the winter. 

Bro. E. D. Weaver, swing dispatcher 
Brandon, bid in first North Lines Dauptiiii, 
but was unable to secure a house so he re- 
turned to Brandon, relieved by Bro. S. L. 
McLean. 

S. L. M., Cert 704, Dauphin, Man. 



8t. Louis Terminal R. R., Div. 47. 

The holiday business Is making consider- 
able extra work at ''UD" and with a short 
force the boys .are hard pressed to keep up. 

Bro. J. J. Slattery, "UD" Relay, was mar- 
ried November 27. The brothers presented 
the happy couple with an American Beauty 
electric iron and the usual congratulations. 

Bro. T. H. Hewlett visited his farm in 
southern Missouri the latter part of Novem- 
ber. 

Bros. Roach and Ryan were off sick re- 
cently. We hope they recovered In time to 
enjoy the holidays. 

Mr. Kirkland is filling In dnrlnsr the 
Christmas rush. Brothers, see that he does 
not forget his promise to become a memher 
in January. 

Bro. Johnson is now on second Tower 1, 
succeeded by Bro. Powell, on third, who Is 
contemplating going into business for him- 
self shortly. 

Bro. B. E. Carter, who bid In third "Q. ' 
comes around to see the boys at Tower 1 
frequently. We are always glad to see 
"Nick's" smiling countenance and take his 
cigars. 

Bro. F. O. Alexander, who bid In relief 
Job, telegraph department, Is workincr third 
on the levers at Tower 1 until vacancies are 
filled. All the boys seem to be blddingr off 
second tricks. 

Bro. H. J. Alexander Is now assistant 
train director on second shift. 

Bro. Luker's wife will not consent to hiih 
taking a second shift Job, so it looks like 
third for Luke for some time. 

Bro. Yeaker bid in first shift In Tower 2. 

Brothers, if you have anything of Interest 
for The Telegrapher, please send it to me 
in time so I can get it to the editor before 
the 26th of the month. 

G. W. Johnson, Cert. 20. 



Denver & Rio Grande R. R.i Div. 49. 

Utah Lines— 

The train dispatchers have one or two 
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named. A Dew agency has also been opened 
at Sigurd, bid in by Bro. O. P. FiUgerald. 
Bro. C. O. Reed is at Springville tem- 
poimrlly. We hope it will soon be made a 
pennanent position. 

Bro. T. F. May, second Provo, on the Blck 
list lately, was relieved by Bro. O. F. Dor- 
ian, a new man, who subsequently relieved 
Bro. c. H. Everett, third Thistle, on account 
of illness. Bro. I. J. Barber, on second there, 
later bid in Qilluly second. 

Bro. E. J. Hillings, "bid in Marysvale days ; 
EL K. Corroy, Colton days; B. C, Imhoff, 
Scofield days, and A. A. Tyree, "UN" Salt 
Lake, took Scofleld agency. 

^ Bro. E. L. Strong drew first, and Bro. A. S. 
Sandmder, third Provo, later relieved at 
Lehi by C. S. Hall. Bro. Sandmeier is dis- 
poring of his prize birds at American Fork, 

[ but he will be heard from again as a breeder 
of line poultry. 

^ Positions have been plentiful lately, new 
men getting a good share of them. During 
tlie last two months there have been thirty- 
one vacancies at twenty-one stations. 

CsRT. 806. 



Second DiviHon, First District'-' 

Sister Cook, third Orand Valley, went 
bome for the holidays, Bro. Howe relieving. 

Bro. Tidweirs wife, Rifle, is slowly im- 
proving, and Bro. Maddox, cashier there, is 
onarantined with the smallpox. 

Bro. Lambrecht, third New Castle, who 
resigned to find greener fields, went to bed 
the following day with German measles. 
TooA hick. Moral, don't quit the R. G. 

Bro. Downer bid in third Mintum, 

Sifter Sayers will go to Tennessee Pass 
vhen Brown Canon closes. 

Bro. Hall, third Granite, has gone South, 
relieved by Sister Prosser. 

Bro. Ranc is back from a ninety days' 
layoiT backing the extra list at New Castle. 



Is going to run the "Grand." But it will 
remain the "Scenic Highway of the World," 
our pay will go on, and we will all continue 
to have to work, no matter who owns it. 

The "Majestic Hills" are covered with 
snow, but Old Sol comes out every day. 
Some days he only peeks out to see that all 
is well, but he seldom misses a day. No 
better place to live on earth. 

Now that the war conditions are over 
and the boys that couldn't stand prosperity 
and spent it all are hunting Jobs. The fight 
on union labor is getting stronger, and no 
telling when we will feel its effect The 
best way to insure fair pay rolls and de- 
cent working conditions is to line up, stay 
that way and see that the next fellow does 
the same. 

Do you want ten per cent on all W. U. 
handled? No reduction on your express 
commission during the heavy season? Some- 
one to lug that mail to the P. O. these cold 
mornings? To keep your M. B. D. certifi- 
cate In effect? To feel right with the world 
and especially with the rest of the boys? 
Then get that new card, go after the boys 
who get behind, get out and push and start 
something. If you have a grievance, don't 
sit down and growl, but refer it to your 
chairman with all the facts in the case and 
he will help you to get it settled. 

The trainmen are still copying orders on 
the phones. Nearly all of the trainmen are 
kicking about doing It, especially now when 
it is cold around those phone booths, but 
the dispatchers insist that they do it. This 
practice Is especially bad on the Junction 
Lines. If the trainmen would discontinue it 
several more operators could get work on 
this division. Send a copy of all these or- 
ders you can get to your local chairman 
and he will do all he can to remedy this evil. 

Many thanks to the boys who sent me 
notes. Please do not forget me next month. 

Cbrt. 442. 

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Fourth Division — 

Bro. Harryman, from third Chama, Is now 
on second Alamosa, vice Bro. Mofltat, who 
has gone South. 

Bro. Nichols, agent Luraberton, is still on 
the sick lisL. ^ 

Sister Jacks is being relieved by Williams, 
a new man« and Bro. Richards, first Durango, 
by Bro. Brewer, relieved. on second there by 
a new man. Bro. Marr bid in first Osier. 

Washburn, a new man, is on second 
Cumbres. 

Bro. Gilbert, cut off on second Antonito, 
went to Denver. 

R. W. OoLE, L. C. Cert. 219. 



Bro. Clifford'ia family wish to thank the 
many friends who so kindly assisted during: 
his short illness, for their great sympathy, 
and the number of beautiful floral emblems 
contributed at his funeraL Dir. Cob. 



Georgia Railway, DIv. 50. 

Bro. L N. Rainwater and wife, former 
relieved by Bro. S. C. Marsengill, Div. 59, 
spent a few days at Ft. Myers. Florida. Bro. 
Oodman, Social Circle, also visited several 
days in Florida recently. 

Bro. Beckum, now on Covington third, 
recently put back, relieved on first by Bro. 
Powell, assistant agent. We hope the next 
meeting of the General Committe will be 
held there. 

Daring two tricks has been cut out and 
Harlem made the water station opened as 
a continuous telegraph office, with Bro. 
Wynne on second and Bro. S. C. Gahee on 
third. 

General Chairman Dardei^ is on Decatur 
third, recently opened again. 

Bro. and Mrs. Wicker have our sympathy 
In the loss of their infant daughter. 

If you expect a write-up, boys, you must 
send me some notes. *'SN," Cert. 19>. 



Bessemer & Lake Erie Ry., Div. 51. 

Bro. Clarence A. Clifford, eldest son of 
M. D. and Lizzie Clifford, is dead, in his 
86th year, after a week's illness with appen- 
dicitis, leaving a wife, Mrs. Marietta Marie 
Klmple Clifford, an infant daughter, his par- 
ents, two brothers, and a host of friends to 
mourn his loss. 

He was a member of the Methodist 
church, the O. R. T., and I. O. O. F., of 
Conneaut Lake, Pa. 

His funeral was held at the M. B. church, 
Shermansvllle, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1920. 
The pallbearers, selected from the two or- 
ders of which he was a member and his 
Sunday school class, were : Joe Miller, Chas. 
Sines, Alvia Reynolds, W. W. Walling, Ken- 
neth Lindsey and John Keen. 

The Conneaut Lake Choir conducted the 
musical service, and his pastor, the Rev. 
B. H. Jones, delivered a touching eulogy on 
the exemplary life of our departed brother. 

Interment was made in the Souih Side 
cemetery, and his funeral was one of the 
largest ever held there, showing the high es- 
teem in which he was held by his many 
friends and acquaintances. 



Confidence and leadership are necessary in 
any movement, hence the necessity for you 
to always demand the union label, shop €!ard 
and working button. 

Southern Pacific Ry., Div. 53. 

Los Angeles Division — 

The general retrenchment policy is being 
put into effect in California now as well as 
elsewhere. Many shop men have been laid 
off and other lines are also feeling the ef- 
fect Although several telegraphers have 
been taken from the extra board on the 
division, it seems to be the intent to retain as 
many as possible, as they are all receiving 
the maximum amount of work. 

In its monthly tirade against organized 
labor. The Farmers and Merchants National 
Bank of Los Angeles in September said, in 
part: "The contest is between law, order 
and personal liberty on the one side, and 
lawlessness which results in bloodshed, mur- 
der, arson, destruction of property and or- 
ganized labor tyranny on the other." 

It said a great deal more about organ- 
ized labor of the same tenor, so if any 
brother catches another brother telegrapher 
setting fire to any public building, tearing 
down a wharf or railroad trestle or murder- 
ing old people or children, he should take 
the matter up with our local chairman. 
Union men shouldn't get too rough. 

Bro. F. E. Wright is back on third Bur- 
bank after a pleasant two months' visit at 
the old home in Indiana. 

Our popular division examiner "Pop" 
Frank Fulton, also an experienced train dis- 
patcher, has been assigned to the retired 
list We hope that his retirement will be 
crowned with many years of well earned 
enjoyment. 

Bro. J. H. Meadows, manager and first at 
Benson, Ariz., would accept an exchange 
with some telegrapher on his division where 
the position and division rights justify. Bro. 
Meadows receives in salary and commission 
about 1220 monthly, does no railway clerical 
work. This offers an opportimity for some 
interested L. A. Division man to get into 
a first trick in a thriving Arizona town, 
with a salary that one ought to save money 
on. 

Local Chairman Meador went to Fillmore 
until Bro. B. C. Fuller bid it in. He will 
probably have to invest in an army tent 
as houses are at a premium there. 

Bro. P. J. Coyle, agent Newhall, was re- 
lieved three weeks by W. L. Teaford, a new 
man. O. W. Welch, another new man, re- 
lieved Bro. Skllling at Oxnard a few days, 
on a trip to San Frajicia 
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member of Division 35, later of the Grand, 
lovestigation shows him to be an undesir- 
able non and he should be treated accord- 
ingly. 

Bro. Sherman relieved Bro. Perkins, sec- 
ond at Benicia, who went to Rutherford, 
pending bulletin, Bro. Crowder, Rutherford, 
bid in Davis second. 

Bra Perkins relieved Agent Ward. Port 
Costa, recently, on sick list. Some of you 
brothers work on Mr. Ward, and brothers 
hi the vicinity of Kenwood remind Agent 
Glenn of his promise to join this month. 

The recent San Francisco meeting was 
attended by 46 brothers. 



as this is deplored, we must expect that 
some may not be farsighted enough to look 
ahead towards progress. 

Oil Junction and Ravenna reduced to two 
men, now working in violation of agreement, 
4 p. m. midnight 8 a. m., will be corrected. 

Now that the new agreement is out in 
book form, make a study of it, ascertain 
your rights and conduct yourselves accord- 
ingly. You may be overlooking some valu- 
able articles as regards working conditions 
and pay. I will never know what you are up 
against unless you study the rules and make 
a kick, if things are not as per written 
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No notes received for this write-up, but if 
any of you think you can keep the San 
Joaquin Division out of The Teleoraphbr by 
your silence, you are mistakefl. I am going: 
to let it be known tl\at we are still here, and 
when I am no longer local chairman it will 
be heard from just the same. 

I extend to all the best wishes of the sea- 
son. Thid closes my second elective term 
as local chairman. I am prepared to serve 
one more term if you so desire. Will be 
glad to serve you as delegates to the con- 
vention in May and will do my utmost to 
further your interests as such. 

Bro. Northamer, who was delegate at Se- 
attle and also at St. Louis, is deserving of 
your support on the north end, if he aecides 
to accept the nomination, and you may rest 
assured that your interests are in good 
hands should we both again be your choice. 
E. L. Cartt, Local Chairman. 



Am deeply indebted to Bro. H. E. Lower, 
"BR" Stockton, for news of the north end 
and east side. D. F., Cert €24. 



Stockton District — 

Those who have not yet done so, should 
remit dues and M. B. D. assessments at 
once. Unless both are paid before February 
28th, your M. B. D. certificate lapses. Pay up 
for the entire year, if possible, and help out 
both our grand and general secretary-treas- 
urers. 

Livingston first abolished, Mrs. White 
bumping Bro. Casell, first Merced, who re- 
lieved Bro. Oliver, Acampo agency, taking 
treatments to offset a mad dog bite. 

Second Ripon discontinued, Bro. McCain 
relieving Bro. Richard, Firebaugh second, 
gone to San Francisco hospital to be treated 
for a gassed stomach, after which he takes 
a sixty-day leave of absence to finish a 
course in wireless. 

Sixth Tracy abolished, Bro. Garrett re- 
lieving Bro. Smith, second Kerman, on leave 
of absence. Bro. Jack Knightly has resigned 
Kerman agency to devote his entire time to 
his fruit ranch near there. 

Bro. Cadgew, Elk Grove agency, relieved 
by Bro. J. A. Howell when called to San 
Francisco, owing to the dangerous illness of 
his mother. 

Bros. Brigham Young, Bill Bailey ana 
Casey Jones have resigned and returned to 
their Missouri "pork and hominy." 

Bro. Cpoley has returned to *'BR" Stock- 
ton from a visit to the old home at Sanders- 
ville, Ga. Bro. Dom relieved Bro. Ed. Relff 
on third "BR" when the latter bid In Lodl 
agency. 

Bro. Calloway relieved Whltaker, second 
Lathrop, pulled out of service. 

Bro. Reld, extra Tracy, Is now a full- 
fledged passenger brakeman. 

Bro. Smith, third Los Bancs, relieved SO 
dajrs by Sohn, from Los Angeles Division 
train service, now relieving Bro. Bishop, sec- 
ond Turlock, also 30 days. 



Salt Lake Diatriot— 

Bro. Curry, on a trip to Ogden, relieved 
by Sister Curry two daj'B, who also relieved 
him when he later relieved Sister Black, 
Parran second, taken suddenly ilL Bro. Fay 
HiU, third there, later relieved Sister March 
on Clark first, three weeks. 

Bro. Powell and ^Ife and Bro. Biggs, 
Hazen second, are on a trip to California. 

Bro. McCroden, agent Lovelock, made a 
trip to Reno recently; also Sister Kelsey. 
Valmy second. 

Bro. Hill and Bradford, out of service^ 

Bro. Wallace, third Lovelock, relieved SO 
days by Sister McGulre, relieved on third 
Oreana by Bro. Weeks. Bro. Leilich, first 
Lovelock, on sick list several days, relieved 
by Bro. McCrodan. 

Bro. and Mrs. Banish are back from the 
Portland Division. 

Loray and Moleen reopened after being 
closed several weeks. Iron Point is now a 
one-man office. Third put on at West 
Weber. 

Bro. and Sister Pennington are on a trip 
East. 

Bro. Roberts, relieved at Wells by Bro. 
Nichols, went to Westwood agency, vice Sla- 
ter Madeline Mohler, relieving there i>ending 
bids. 

Bro. and Sister Puryear are back on Moor 
first and second. Cbrt. 1979. 



No one is more worthy of contempt than 
the trade unionist toho ignores the union 
label, card or button when spending money. 

Northern Pacific R. R., DIv. 54^ 

Lake. Superior Division — 

At least we cannot accuse the adminis- 
tration of being inconsistent: we were 
promised "normalcy" and now we are get- 
ting it in "chunks" and "gobs." We were 
told to work longer and harder and produce 
more and faster and soon we would have a 
supply sufficient to meet the demand. We 
did that, and worked ourselves out of a Job. 
We produced, not too much, but more than 
there is purchasing power to consume, be- 
cause wages have not kept up with the cost 
of living. Many people would like some of 
this over production, but they are com- 
pelled t3o spend all they made In order to 
live; while producing this "over suppHy," 
they are unable to buy what they need; 
therefore there will be suffering and hunger 
and some of this "over production" will go 
to waste. '^Funny" we say, but not funny 
to those who are caught penniless during 
these periodical depressions. A propagandist 
is going among the farmers advising them 
to bum their products In order to again In- 
flate prices, can anyone imagine ansrthing 
more vicious with a world starving? 



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Main Ivine and Mott, OcUces, and L»inton 
branches. As Bro. Underwood has served 
faithfully over six years, earnestly and 
loyally without any remuneration whatso* 
ever, I will consider it a personal favor If 
the mem-bers on District No. 7 vote for him 
unanimously and I will appreciate the sup- 
port of the members on District No. 8, con- 
sistingr of Killdeer, Leeds, Turtle Lake, 
Oberon and Wilton branches. Members on 
District I^o. 7 can only vote for a candidate 
nominated from their territory and the S9.me 
applies for delegate from District No. 8, 
while the vote for local chairman comes 
from the division as a whole. I am grateful 
to have been nominated again. I have ac- 
cepted, and, if elected, will endeavor as in 
the past nine years £o give the best I have 
to the Dakota Division and to maintain the 
100 per cent record we have established after 
a long uphill climb. While the chairman- 
ship is without remuneration and a thank- 
less task at the most, it has nevertheless 
created a personal touch and friendship 
with each individual membft* and employe 
that I do not wish to sever. 

Bro. H. D. Flowers, New Rockford. on a 
trip to Spokane, Wash., is being relieved by 
Bro. R. M. Ingle, transferred from Division 
119. Bro. R. R. Ridgeway, manager, and 
Bro. G. P. Delemore, senior operator W. U., 
Jamestown, extend a cordial invitation to 
visit them at any time, for which we are 
thankful. This is the fraternal spirit we 
like to see. 

Sister Edna Anderson has resigned and 
married to make her home at Beulah, N. D., 
Bro. C. U Kibler relieving her, takes back 
his old post at 2nd Dawson. Sister Thelma 
Hendricks, 3rd Burleigh, has also resigned 
to enter the realms of wedlock. 

Bro. Tangney, agent Hurdsfleld, spent 
Thanksgiving with bank cashier and fam- 
ily at Chaseley, and Mrs. H. E. Moyes and 
sister of Oberon spent Thanksgiving with 
Bro. H. E. Moyes, agent Chaseley. 

Bro. F. A. Sommars, agent Mercer, called 
into Jamestown for visual examination, was 
relieved two days. 

Bro. Kenneth McKane relieved Bro. Chas. 
Qeil, third Steele, on a trip to the coast. 
The latter previously relieved by Pool, 
agent Steele, while he visited at Valley 
City with his daughter. 

An agency will be opened at Crystal 
Springs as soon as the depot is built. 

Those who haven't already done so will, 
I hope, remit the full $15.00 dues and get 
an annual card, and at the same time remit 
M. B. D. assessments for both terms to St. 
Louis. This saves work and worry for 
everybody. 

Bro. H. D. Flowers writes from Seattle 
that he is taking a short college prepara- 
tory course and radio telegraphy and likes 
It fine. 



Bro. Klncaid, agent Maddock, has re- 
signed, succeeded by Bro. J. E. Stokes. 

Bro. Boyd en, manager of "J" oflloe sev- 
eral years, has taken second Pipestone 
Tower, to be away from the street oars, 
city bustle, etc. 

Bro. Skinner, agent Woodworth, was re- 
cently married. 

Bro. Pravitz, agent Wilton, went to 
Jamestown for visual examination, relieved 
by Bro. Lars Svensgaard. 

Bro. Chris Bettger, 1110 12th street Van- 
couver, Wash., working in the shipyards, 
sends "73." 

Bro. Gill, agent Warner, was on the sick 
list with a broken rfb. 

Bro. Chilson, agent Zap, has been al- 
lowed a helper owing to increased work 
since the coal mine commenced operation. 

Bro. Millard, agent Hazen, and wife at- 
tended the recent Masonic installation and 
party at Killdeer. 

Bro. David C. Polndexter, recently elected 
State Auditor, resigned at "JT" and as- 
sumed his new duties January Ist at the 
State CapitaL He extends a cordial wel- 
come to all members and fellow employes 
to call on him whenever in Bismarck. 

The new and revised seniority list may 
be had for the asking, accompanied by a 
few notes where possible. We want this 
colunm interesting, but need your help to 
make it so. 

I hope every sister and brother will vote 
and mail in their ballots when received In 
February. 

At your service alwasrs. 

Howard H. e:ll8W0rtb, L. C 



Members Idaho Division — 

We closed 1920 with a membership un- 
equalled in any year since I have been local 
chairman, due to the team work of all the 
members in making it as nearly a aoUd 
division as we can until our one old-time 
non retires to private life, founded upon 
*'0. R. T. money." 

Remit your dues to Bro. B. E. Nason. St. 
Paul, and M. B. D. assessments to Acting 
Grand Secretary and Treasurer Bro. Manfon, 
St. Louis, promptly and ke«p off the delin- 
quent list, which makes trouble for mjrself 
and your general secretary. It is easily avoided 
with attention at the proper time. Let us 
make a New Year's resolution that we will 
take care of this throughout 1921. 

I did not return from St. Paul in time 
to get a letter to you for the Deoemb^ 
journal, and extend you my heartiest wishes 
for a very prosperous New Tear. 

R. B. Irwin, Local Chairman. 



Idaho Division Notes — 

Bro. Williams, second Kildee, relieved re- 
cently by Bro. Q. Q. Hartman. 

Bro. Miller, first Eddy, is being relfaved 
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Bro. Matbeney, second Hope, retumect 
from a visit with borne folks E^ast, reliev- 
ing Bro. Matheney, the agent there, while 
he pays his annual visit to home folks. Bro. 
R. R. Pope is on third there, Sister Kay 
moving up to second. 

Bro. F. A. Bump, second Heron, is being 
relieved by Sister Gunvor Howe, and Sister 
Thornton, third Ramsey, by Sister S.. Wil- 
liams. Sister Howe relieved Sister Percy 
on first there during an extended leave, and 
Bro. Pierce, third Paradise, visiting in 
Kentucky, was relieved by Bro. J. F. White. 

Sister Williams relieved Bro. Beseke, sec- 
ond Ramsey, while he took his daughter to 
Spokane on account of serious illness. We 
are glad to learn that the little girl has 
improved. 

Bro. Al Younker was successful in landing 
his usual Christmas deer. We are looking 
for him to land a second. However, some 
discu^ion has arisen as to how he spells it. 

Bro. F. L. Smith, second Cabinet, is on 
lick leave, Bro. Younker relieving. Sister 
V. A. Paulin relieving him on third. 

Bro. L. S. Gray, who relieved Bro. Irwin 
while in St. Paul, has returned to the t)er- 
ricfc position at Kolliner Spur. 

Bro. J. A. Low^ry, agent Coulee City, 
transferred to Oro Fino agency, vice Bro. 
M. H. Hancock, promoted to traveling 
auditor. We wish him the greatest success. 

Bro. H. C. Freeman Is relieving Agent 
Joy, Kooskia. There are not very many 
"Misters" left on this division. 

Let's make our watch word "Organize and 
Stay Organized" throughout 1921, have a 
hetter division, be better to ourselves, to 
oor organization and to our emt>Ioycrs. The 
Northern Pacific appreciates good employes 
and a good member makes a good employe. 

Cbrt. 1260. 



Montana Division — 

New members : Miss Geraldine Moriarity, 
Cert 2447 ; A. J. Dahl, Cert. 2462 ; Ruby L. 
Kabrich, Cert. 2458; R. A. Thornton, Cert. 
Uhi; B. A. Babcock, Cert, 2455 (trans- 
ferred) ; C. V. Schwindt, Cert. 2471. 

The application of Bro. Jesse Cook, of 
Twin Bridges, is n»t yet completed, await- 
ing information required on the M. B. A. 
application. 

The division membership was shocked and 
frteved at the death of Sister Florence Sud- 
dith, after an illness of over a year's dura- 
tion. The bereaved family has our sym- 
pathy. 

Instructions have been Issued over the 
iBshogany desks in New York to reduce the 
forces in all departments of industry. The 
tfiare of our craft in this reduction on the 
divifljon so far is nine telegraphers. 

Society may have to organize industrially 
In order that persons thrown out of employ- 
neat can be put to work producing the cbm- 
wodltles that they need. Industry cannot 



continue to function carried on on the pri- 
vate profit basis. Business requires a mar* 
kfet, necessarily comprised of the public^ 
of which at least 86 per cent are wage 
workers. If the wage workers' share is 
only 20 per cent of the production, how can 
they buy back the surplus at a profit? Will 
the majority ever give these most important 
factors of life some real thought? / toon- 
derl A. J. R., L. C. 



Montana Division Notes — 

The time has come to elect our local 
chairman for the ensuing term who should 
also be our delegate to the Savannah con- 
vention. Several telegraph offices closed, 
owing to light business, causing some of 
the brothers to be bumped who thought they 
w«;re settled for the winter. lipids were 
closed entirely, two tricks taken off at 
Springtime, "BQ" Billings and "VS" Liv- 
ings; ton. ^ 

All were deeply shocked and £:rieved to 
hear of the death of Bro. Dillavou, agent 
Silesia, killed in an auto accident near 
there the evening of Nov. 26th. He was a 
tireless worker, who believed firmly in our 
motto "no card, no favors." In his passing 
the company lost a valuable man and we 
all join in extending to the bereaved widow 
and relatives our deepest sympathy. Bro. 
Rhodes gets Silesia; Bro. Hickey, Roberts, 
and Bro. Merkle Molt agency, and Bro. 
Nixon first Whitehall. The boys seem to.be 
leaving the terminal for the line Jobs as 
fast as they show up. 

Bro. Orman and his brother of the dis- 
patching force have just returned from Cal- 
ifornia where they were called by the death 
of their brother. They have the sympathy 
of the entire division. They were in a 
wreck on L. A. SL., but fortunately escaped 
without injurj'. 

Brothers see that the new men working 
with you are up to date. If not secure 
their applications. Now Is the time to or- 
ganize and stay organized. I^et's make this 
division 100 per cent solid during 1921 like 
several others on the system. 

I have no wires to the west end and 
no way of knowing what is going on over 
there. Send your notes to me at Spring- 
time, Mont, and I will endeavor to have 
us represented each month in the Journal. 

I wish you all a happy and prosperous 
New Year. "FN", Cert. 2078. 



Yellowstone Div.^^ 

The past year has been a very busy one 
for our organization and we are gratified 
at the results attained, gained against very 
strong opposition. But we have not finished 
our work. Every member should see that 
the men and women in his class get an up 
to date card, and help us in the onward 
march to greater attainments for their ben- 
efit as well as our own. It is well to look 
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out for self, but we should learn from the 
lessons taught by the Great Teacher, that 
service is greater than selfish motives. ^ 

We have not yet been able to attain the 
coveted 100 p,er cent on this division be- 
cause a few of our nons have failed to see 
the light, and join the organization that has 
done so much for them. As we are 'at the 
beginning of this new year let us resolve to 
be better union men and women, and be true 
to our organization. Let us strive to give 
our employers the best service we can, 
without having to be reminded of our duty. 

As many of you as possibly can, should 
pay your dues for the entire year, secure 
an annual card, and not overlook your in- 
surance assessment. 

It is time now to renew your member- 
ship in tlLB Yellowstone O. R. T. Club, 
which performs the functions of a flower 
fund. The fee is one dollar a year. Remit 
to Sister D. M. Wilkins^ Glendive, Mont., 
and securei your card of membership, as it 
will be contributing toward a worthy fund 
to buy flowers for the afflicted members. 

I wish you all A Happy and Prosperous 
New Year. E. A. Brand, L. C, Cert. 758. 



Members Pasco Division — 

I appreciate very muc|i the solicitations 
of my many friends on the division and of 
our general officers, that I run for local 
chairman another term. In declining, I am 
considering the good of the division as well 
as my own interests. I believe that a fre- 
quent change is best. Thus more of the 
members become acquainted with schedule 
provisions and negotiations, and the difficul- 
ties which a local chairman faces in trying 
to please every one. More of our members 
are brought to a realization of their duties 
to the organization. Moreover, my own in- 
terests demand the time which I have here- 
tofore given the division. We have at- 
tained wonderful results in organization in 
the past two, years, going from a percent- 
age of slightly over 80 in 1918 to 98 where 
we now stand. On December 1st 1920, we 
led all the divisions of the system in new 
members gained during that year, a total of 
40, with two more since added. This is a 
record to be proud of, and the best thing 
about It, which our general officers have 
particularly noted, is that we have had the 
least possible friction. All has been ac- 
complished in a spirit of real fratemalism. 

With the work attendant upon Liberty 
Loan deductions and back pay adjustments 
out of the way, your next local chairman 
should have more time to attend to the 
little things than I have had. 

There will be no organizing except to 
line up an occasional new man and next 
year should find us in the 100 per cent col- 
umn. 



, Again I wish to thank you for your co- 
operation. Fraternally, 

H. H. Flbshbr. 



8eattU Div. — 

Bro. Farrhigton, third Ellensburg, was <rfr 
several days recently owing to the illness 
of his little daughter. 

Bros. Hawkins and Carr, who traded 
tricks for thirty days, have traded t>ack. 
The former has gone south, to meet Mrs. 
H. and the kids. 

Sister Jones, first Auburn yard, and Har- 
vey Compton, one of our popular conduc- 
tors, are to be married shortly. We wish 
them a happy and prosperous voyage on 
the sea of matrimony. 

Edgecomb closed, McCullough bumping 
Bro. Palmer, second Kanaskat, who bumped 
Benzene, latter relieving Bro. Heine at Sum- 
ner. 

Bro. Spaulding, extra, relieved on third 
Baston by R. Jones, who has promised to 
get an up to date shortly. Don't let him 
forget it 

Sister Schultz back on Kennedy extra 
after three months' layoff, has resigned to 
be married. "Hubby" will sure get some 
good cake, as she is the champion cake 
maker of this division. 

Bro. Kelly, extra dispatcher, back on sec- 
ond "CF" Seattle relay. Bro. Bell was off 
two days sick recently. 

Bro. Nash, second Hill dispatcher, got 
back after a long rest, hunting deer (yes, 
that's spelled right), just In time to get a 
good workout In six feet of snow. 

Bro. Thompson was relieved a week by 
extra Charley Chaplin, who hsLs been work- 
ing for "Uncle Sammy" in Alaska, and will 
be with us first pay day. 

Second Black River closed temporary all 
summer, owing to the illness of Sister Jonas, 
has been opened by extra Emmons. 

Bro. Robinson, first East Auburn, relieved 
a few days by Bro. Whipple, extra from 
Kennedy. 

Auburn, Wash., elected a solid city labor 
ticket Tuesday, Dec. 7th. This can always 
be done with a little hard work. 

I wish you all a happy and prosperous 
New Year. "Everett True," Cert 652. 



Wheeling & Lake Erie R. R., Div. 56. 

O. D. Way, a new man who relieved Sted- 
man on first 98rd street when the latter 
took second South Huron yard, later re- 
lieved Bro. Robers, third 98rd street 15 
days. 

Extra Bollinger is now with the Newburgh 
and South Shore. 

Bro. S. M. Herbert, second Sherrodsvllle. 
is being relieved by extra Lawrence; and 
Bro. Lew Davis relieved Bro. Combs a day 
at Middle Branch. 



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thing to "the other feller." To make our 
division a success we want the co-operation 
of each member. 

One agent, a delinquent, claims the order 
would not handle a grievance for him, when 
he realizes himself he had none, when a 
man violates the rules he should not ex- 
pect the Order to support him as it will not 
uphold any one when in fault. It was not 
organized for that purpose. 

Brothers, be careful ; give the best service 
possible and conduct yourselves in such a 
way that no censure for not obeying the rules 
can be placed against you. As members of 
this organization we must uphold its integ- 
rity. 

I have been successful in getting about 
seven delinquents to remit. If we all will 
get busy we can soon have the division 100 
per cent. If there ever was a time in the 
history of the order that we should be solidly 
organized, it is now. We are facing the most 
critical period and the greatest crisis labor 
has ever been confronted with, in the annals 
of our organization. We must be on the 
watch and not fail in our duty. We must 
stand in a united effort to combat our ene- 
mies. Capital is seeking to destroy our power 
and make us work as slaves, for scarcely 
enough compensation to sustain our lives, not 
enough to live in peace and have a little 
money laid away for a rainy day. In truth 
we can say, **United we stand; divided we 
fall." 1 believe labor made a great mistake 
at the polls November 2nd, which we may be 
called upon to realize all too soon. 

If you brothers out the line would like to 
see a monthly write-up of this division in our 
grand old journal, send me all the notes you 
can to Owensboro, Ky., not later than the 
18th of each month, and I will be glad to ar- 
range and send them in. 

E. H. Stone, Cert 2687. 



Henderton Division — 

Our membership Is responding nobly, far 
more paying for annual cards than last year. 
We hope those who have not yet paid up 
will do so at once, thereby eliminating extra 
work for our officials. Read over again Gen- 
eral Chairman Bryant's letter of December 
9th and don't hesitate to remit on account 
of the small increase in the amount of dues. 
It is the duty of every men^ber to support 
the organization, as it belongs to the mem- 
bership, and failure to pay might put us out 
of business and cause us to lose our agree- 
ment By dropping out we help to disrupt 
the organization and we would be handled 
without mercy the rest of our lives. There- 
fore we can't affor4 to drop out. We have 
121 members, with 114 positions. Our divi- 
sion has never lost a memlier for non-pay- 
ment of dues, and this is no time to break 
this good record. 

Earlington Round House, Casky and Tren- 
ton were recently closed, but the past shows 



that they will b« again opened when busl> 
ness picks up agaio. 

Bros. Featherston, Wlmberly, McCreary. 
Jackson, and Sisters Pedlgo and Petrie were 
off during the Christmas holidays. Bro. J. H. 
Foster, second Springfield, who was off sev- 
eral weeks, we understand, will be working 
in "double harness" when he resumes. Bro. 
Draper, Crofton, was also off several days. 

Bro. Camea), bumped off third "MC" Guth- 
rie, by Sister Boyd, bumped Sister Tpenary 
from second Greenbrier. 

Bro. McGregor, second Atkinson, has ac- 
cepted the position of night yardmaster there, 
leaving that position on bulletin. 

Thanks to Bro. Jones for notes. 

J. N. J., Cert 610. 



L. C. d L. Diviaidn— 

Bro. M. E. Cochran, second H. K. Tower, 
when handing up a 19 order to Ist 71, the 
night of November 18th, was struck by a 
long piece of bridge iron projecting over the 
side of a car, injuring his right eye and cut- 
ting his nose. He was taken to St Mary 
and Elizabeth Hospital and operated on and 
is getting along very nicely. The first trick 
operator was called and a man sent there 
next day to relieve him. 

Bro. D. W. Renaker attended the local 
chairmen's meeting at Nashville, Tenn., No- 
vember 22nd and 28rd. The raise of 20 per 
year is standard ; we must all get a new 
card and keep in good standing. We are 100 
per cent and wouldn't be any other way. 

I wish you all a "Merry Xmas" and a 
**Happy New Tear." Send me ' your notes 
by the 10 th and let's have a real write-up 
every month. Cbbt. 1262. 



Baatem Kentucky Diviaion — 

Bro. F. M. Reese, suffering from throat 
trouble, relieved several days by Bro. S. A. 
Burnett, relieved by Bro. B. R. Boyd. 

Bro. Wm. Robinson, Jr.. visiting home folks 
and friends at Danville, relieved a few days 
by Bro. Muncy. 

We extend our sincere sympathy to Local 
Chairman and Mrs. Redmond In the death of 
their Infant son, December 11th. The re- 
mains were laid to rest In the Irvine, Ky., 
cemetery, December 12th. 

Congratulations and best wishes to Bro. J. 
E. LfOgsdon, third, and Sister Emma Steele, 
second Elkatawa, on their recent marriage. 

Bro. S. M. Durbin has bid In his old Job on 
first and Sister Clara Durbin, second Eve- 
lyn. 

Bro. Covington, agent Brassfield. is off 
duty on account of trouble with his lower 
limbs, one being defective since his child- 
hood. 

Avon has been made a continuous train 
order office, with Bro. A. H. Mcintosh as 
agent-operator. 

Brothers and sisters, it wsis absolutely 
necessary to Increase our dues to properly 



icrease our dues to pre 
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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, Div. 61. 
Plaina Division — 

The meetings at Canadian^ November 26th, 
and at Amarillo, November 27th, were a com- 
plete success and well attended consideringr 
the way that members had of getting there. 
Bros. High and Gendron gave interesting 
talks at the latter meeting about our sched- 
ule and other matters ; Chief Dispatcher San- 
ford being in accord with the advice about 
giving the company eight hours full effort 
and service, and cautioned operators about 
sleeping on the job. 

Our driye for membership has been a real 
success. We now have 110 paid-up members 
and 111 scheduled i>ositions, which ranks us 
as the best division of the* Santa Fe. Latest 
report shows N. T. & S. F. Branch 100 per 
cent and only three nons on the Buffalo 
Branch. Let us keep the good work up. 
Every few days adds one to our list whom 
we thought "hopeless." Let us work together 
to get Joe Dent, Amarillo Yard, and H. L. 
Green, Bovina, lined up. 

Assistant Local Chairman Miller bid in first 
Quinlan and has moved from Shattuck. 

Every one who can should pay dues and 
M. B. D. assessments for the entire year, 
saving our general officers a lot of work and 
the division expense for postage, etc. 

I will until further advised be your corre- 
spondent. Please mail me any items of in- 
terest to the craft not later than the fifteenth 
of every month. D. B. McNameb, 

Cert. 29, Belva, Okla. 



"OO" Relay Topeka — 

Bro. J. E. Taylor, who left here recently, 
has located in Prescott, Wis., purchased a 
pool hall and is doing a great deal better 
than by "pounding brass." 

Among the operators and "checks," who 
have left "GO" recently are: L. R. Childs, 
J. H. Williams, J. E. Taylor, D. B. Swan, 
W. H. Robertson, J. A. Meeks, R. E. Mullis 
J. Bernstein, W. P. Rankin, C. H. Flowers, 
Thelma Mize and Vera I. Smith. 

W. K. Smith left out on account of reduc- 
tion in force is with the Rock Island in this 
city. We are looking for still further reduc- 
tions. 

Bros. "Sn." McMahon and "Pt." Powell 
laid off during the holidays. 

Bro. Lile spent several days recently with 
his folks in Musselshell Township, Linn 
County, Missouri. 

Bro. Bdmisten, "Ed.," has returned from 
a visit with his parents at Cleveland, Okla. 

Cbrt. 167. 



Rio Chrande Division — 

New members : Bro. E. P. Burke, El Paso, 
from Division 59; Bro. H. W. Carroll, Mag- 
dalena, from Division 63, and Bro. G. V. 
Hoopengamer, Isleta third, from the Grand 
Division, who has carried a card for over 
twenty-five years. 



General Chairman High recently made a 
trip over this division from Albuquerque to 
El Paso. 

We understand the railway executives are 
endeavoring to abolish the labor boards on 
the ground that the proper routine hasn't 
been followed in dealing with the board. 

Subscribe to **Labor/' published In Wash- 
ington, D. C. It gives a great many inter- 
esting facts in regard to what our representa- 
tives al*e doing in Congress, some of which 
are certainly not for our interest, which we 
never see in the daily papers. 

Take an active part in getting our divi- 
sion up to the 100 per cent mark, and send 
me some notes for our write-up. None were 
^received from any one for this issue. Hence 
the shortage of items. Cert. 8886. 



Phoenix Division-*- 

You will soon be called upon to vote t-o 
elect your local chairman for the next two 
years. This should demand your most 
earnest consideration. The local chairman 
with your co-operation forms the very foun- 
dation of the organization's success. Loolc 
about you, see who you would like to be your 
chairman, and then examine his ability to 
properly perform this line of work. A lack 
of Imerest was shown in last election by the 
number of votes cast, only fifty percent of 
the members voting, due mostly to the fact 
that there was only one candidate. Vote for 
the candidate you deem worthy of your 
support. 

Chosen by the Grand Division and later 
elected by the members of the division, I 
have served you as local chairman, as well 
as serving as Reduced General Committee- 
man for over two years. If, in your opinion. 
I have been successful. I am glad indeed. 
But, if I have failed, I sincerely hope you 
will tell me where. I have been guided by 
the advice of the Local Board of Adjustment, 
and the positive dictation of my conscience, 
as to what I thought was right I have done 
my very best and have profited by my mis- 
takes. If you have a worthy candidate in 
view to relieve me of the burdens, I trust 
you will advise me who he is so that we 
can investigate as to his ability and qualifi- 
cations. 

No matter how little you have to do, don't 
wait until tomorrow to do it. Tomorrow you 
may have more than you can do. 

We smile with admiration upon' the new 
leading ladies playing the title role in our 
passenger service. Engineers claim that they 
will climb the mountain trail with ease in 
such company. 

It is a i)unishable offense to hold a person 
up at the point of a gun. We cannot con- 
ceive of a more daring hold up than the one 
going on at this time by the money monopol- 
izers of the country. Millions are upon the 
brink of starvation because criminals are 
allowed to rob the workers of the nation. 



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street Yard office when it was closed a few 
weeka a£ro. 

Bro. O. H. Clay goes to Whitney second, 
and Bro. Little to Hull, Ala., agency. 

Bro. W. W. Smith is relieving ^ro. Hayes 
at "BO," while the latter is working as e^- 
tra dispatcher. 

Brp. Harlan, Vance Junction, is being re- . 
Ueved by Bro. E. W. Stokes. 

Bro. Klllian, Moundville second, is quite 
sick and is being relieved by Bro. West 

A telegraph office has been opened at Cuba, 
Ala. Cbrt. 194. 



A. A W. P. & W. of A« Rys., Dlv. 63. 

Bro. Oliver, second Seln>a yard, while at- 
tending court was relieved by Bro. Duffee, 
and Bro. Brewer, second Newman, Qa., ten 
days by Bro. Mann. 

Bro'. Awbrey, second La Orange, made a 
trip over the road a few days recently and 
secured the applications of Bros. Mahone and 
Harris. 

Bro. Moore was off a few days recently. 

The freight house at West Point, Qa., 
caught lire December 14 th, and the office 
part was destroyed. 

Bros. Kirkland, Crow and Mason while on 
committee were relieved by Skinner and Bro. 
Duffee. We all thank and congratulate them 
on their success. A copy of the new agree- 
ment will be mailed each member as soon 
as they can be secured frt)m the printer. It 
is quite an improvement over the old one. 
being revised to take care of all wage orders, 
adenda, interpretations, etc.. in addftlon to 
the recent increase under decision No. 2 of 
the Labor Board and other minor changes 
made to take care of local conditions. The 
agency positions at Bast Point, Newnan. La 
Grange, West Point, Opelika and Franklin 
and all new positions created since December, 
1919, have been included in the wage scale, 
bringing us up-to-date in every respect. 

As a result of the conferences the use of 
the telephone by trainmen is only allowed 
hereafter when an emergency makes it neoes 
sary for a train crew to copy an order dur- 
ing the hours when operators are not avail- 
able at regular established train order offices. 
A copy of all such orders will be forwarded 
to the chief dispatcher by first mail. This 
does not apply at non-regular established 
train order offices. It is agreed when conduc- 
tors receive train orders at regular estab- 
lished train order offices after such offices 
are closed that the operator entitled to re- 
ceive such orders will be paid as per call 
rule, provided for in the agreement 

The committee stated to the management 
that it was our desire to perform this serv- 
ice ourselves inasmuch as it was the teleg- 
rapher's work and should be performed by 
our class of employes. 

Several other grievances were satisfac- 
torily adjusted. 



Now let every member show the commit- 
tee that we appreciate what it has done for 
us by paying dues as promptly as possible 
and taking out an annual card when prao> 
ticable. 

In order to avoid any more special assess- 
ments the committee .voted to raise the dues 
to .$10 semi-annually, beginning January 1* 
1921. Many divisions have been forced to 
raise their dues to an even higher rate. 

I believe we will be able now to keep go* 
Ing without any trouble. L. D. Duffkb, 
Cert 67, West Point Ga. 



Great Northern Ry., Div. 70. 

Members Sioux City Diviaion^^ 

For the past three years I have been your 
local chairman. Whether I have been a suc- 
cess or a failure I do not know. I can look 
back and see where I have helped and also 
where I have made mistakes. I only hope 
the good I have done will offset the bad. 

After giving the matter careful considera- 
tion, I have decided not to run this term. 
I hope you will believe me brothers and sis- 
ters when I say It is with deep regret that 
I make this statement My wife's health is 
not good and I have not the necessary time 
to devote to the work. 

Whoever my successor is I will co-operate 
with and render him every assistance within 
my power. I am sure ev^ry one of you 
will do as much. Keep after the nons work- 
ing with you and near you and let's make 
1921 our banner year and keep the Sioux City 
Division the best on the system. 

If you want me to act as your representa- 
tive at any future date and conditions at 
home are so I can spare the necessary time, 
I will gladly do so. 

Whether I stay In the railroad game or 
not. I am going to be an O. R. T. member 
and a booster for life. 

As this is probably the last you will hear 
from me for some time, I would like to say 
a few words about conditions on the G. N. 

Three years ago we had the poorest divi- 
sion on the system, less than 50 per cent 
organized. A year ago we had the best 
division on the system with nearly 100 per 
cent Today we are trying to hold the lead 
and I am glad to say, every division on the 
system is right on our heels, if not a little 
ahead. With only about 1,825 positions on 
the system, we close the year with close 
to 1.900 members in good standing. 

The general committee is as fine a bunch 
of gentlemen as I ever met, who have the 
Interest of the Order at heart and are not 
working for personal gain. Our general chair- 
man and general secretary and treasurer 
have proven their worth and need no praise 
from me. 

I wish you all a very prosperous New 



Tear. 



R. 0. Pratt. 

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tah two- men Jobs and two taken off at Will- 
mar, Minn. 

The company recently purchased forty new 
Mike Class 0-4 locomotives, now in service 
on the Central an<l Western Districts. An 
exceptional large amount of stock and grain 
is being loaded on branch lines, and the main 
line is doing a lot of hay, stock and grain 
business. B. W. Hoollisch. 



Relay Division, WUlmar— 

Bro. King, dispatching the past six months 
on the range at Kelley Lake, is back with us 
again; Bro. Hollish on days, Bro. Van Dyke 
on third, 'and Bro. H. V. Mclntyre, early 
night chief is back after several days' visit 
with friends at St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

Bro. Br>'an, "BN," is now in St. Paul 
Relay. 

Sister Hermeyer bid in phone operator at 
W. Relay. 



at. Paul Notes — 

Bro. Q. has changed his sign to "GN." 

Bro. C. E. Swope visited his folks at Long 
Prairie Thanksgiving, Bro. Conrad reliev- 
ing; Bros. Haywood and McFadden moving 
up until Bro. Swope returned. 

Bro. Lyons relieving chief operator late 
nights, relieved by Bro. Haywood. 

Bro. Mahoney is subbing for Bro. Geo. 
Woodruff, who went to California. 

Bro. Bryan relieved Bro. Oberon fifteen 
days. 

Brothers, please send me some notes for 
our write-up every month. You fellows on 
the western districts send me your notes on 
the wire, if you have no time to write. 

Cbrt. 1387, 



Minot Division — 

Bro. Timroth who relieved Bro. Casady. 
agent Mohall, five weeks, visiting relatives 
in Illinois, also relieved Bro. Dunn, White 
Earth, three weeks, and then relieved Bro. 
Sunberg at West Hope. Bro. Belknap re- 
lieved Bro. Vance, third at White Earth, two 
weeks, latter having bid In relief agency on 
first district. 

Bro. Carter relieved Bro. Butterfl«ld, cash- 
ier and operator Leeds, owing to the illness 
of relatives. 

Bro. Erickson, agent Berwick, while on his 
honeymoon, relieved by Bro. Knudson, who 
was later relieved by. Relief Agent Spafford, 
owing to the death of his daughter. Bro. 
Knudson has our sympathy in his sad be- 
reavement. Later Bro. Spafford bid in the 
Western Union Job at Stanley. 

Bnv Mier is relieving Bro. Hesser, agent 
Churchs Ferry, who is down on his F*lorida 
farm; Bro. Nelson, third Wheelock, went to 
second Churchs Ferry, a few days until a 
wlreman was secured, later relieved by Bro. 
Molone ; Bro. Holmes, agent Bisbee, and Bro. 



Cousineau were recent Churchs Ferry call- 
ers. 

Bro. Haug Is back on second York. 

Bro. Shaner has returned to Bott^eau 
from a visit with relatives in Iowa. 

Bro. Madigan, agent Leeds, and your cor- 
respondent and wife * visited Bro. Wilson, 
agent Rubby, and wife, Sunday recently. 

Remember that it is time to pay our next 
year's dues. Don't put it off, but remit to- 
day and be up-to-date at all times. 

Cert. 2038. 



Dakota Division-- 

Several agent have been "called upon the 
carpet" recently for failing to observe and 
report to the dispatcher that No. 10, Decem- 
ber 10th, was not carrying markers. "Watch 
your step." 

Bro. Forde's better half spent the holi- 
days with relatives in Superior, and "Better 
Ole" batched. 

Bros. Keck, Doyon, BJelde and "Ye Scribe" 
attended the initiation of- the Elks at Grand 
Forks, December 18th. when some sixty 
••fawns" were having their antlers applied, 
among them was C. T. U. Bro. Avrftch, man- 
ager Postal, Grand Forks. Most of the Bro. 
"Bills" were "present" until quite a late 
hour. 

Conductor Maher. stricken some time ago 
with a paralytic stroke on No. 9 while com- 
ing into Grand Forks, is somewhat improved, 
but still very sick. His relatives have our 
sympathy. 

Bro. Keeley, formerly at St. Thomas, while 
on leave called on "GF" recently. 

The annual trainmen's ball, held at the 
Auditorium. December 16th, was a very well 
attended and enjoyable affair. It was given 
for the benefit of former Brakeman Mayer, 
who had the misfortune some time ago to 
lose the sight of both eyes. 

"WooDiB/' Cert. 848. 



Minneapolis & 8t. Louis R. R., Div. 71. 

Eastern Division — 

Bro. C. W. Hughes has been appointed as- 
sistant dispatcher of the Peoria itailway Ter- 
minal at South Bartonville, 111. We are glad 
of his promotion, but sorry to lose such a 
loyal member from the M. & St. L. 

Helpers have been discontinued at Chapln« 
Geneva, Liscomb, Albion, Berwick and Mid- 
dle Grove, also Cramers and Little York 
third and second Union Station and Eleanor 
Station. New offices created: Cramers and 
Liscomb second and Gilman third. 

Bro. J. :E. Chrisman. agent Albion, has re- 
signed to enter other business. We wish 
"Chris" success wherever he may go. Bro. 
Williamson succeeds him, relieved at Killduff 
by Bro. Morse. 

Bro. Tom Ek:khoff bid In Lacey agency. 

The E^astem Division did not lose a single 
member working a position December 81st. 
a record that we should be proud of. 



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calllngr It a side line for which we should 
have extra pay. Most of the agents know 
what a burden it Is to lug parcel post and 
other mall daily, especially when we are 
busiest with the various other rairoad duties. 
It is almost impossible to make an accurate 
report of this burdensome duty for the av- 
erage amount handled, as it comes In truck 
loads in every town, village and hamlet dur- 
ing the holidays and catalog time. We hope 
to soon be recompensed for that work, or 
have it handled by others. 

We hope all brothers read Thb TsijgaRA- 
PHER each month, in order not to miss the 
interesting articles by the editor, and those 
under the heading: '*Our Correspondents/' 
not forgetting our local news from each divi- 
sion and the ads that are regularly running 
in our magazine. Patronize those that ad- 
vertise with us who have the articles you 
desire. 

Our officers desire very much to send the 
most delegates to the convention of any 
other system in the organization and wc can 
do this if every member on the system will 
see that every last employe gets an up-to- 
date card. 

As you know If you are delinquent or not, 
kindly remit your, division dues at once to 
R. B. Boyington. General. Secretary and 
Treasurer. Suite 547-548. Webster Bldg., 227 
South LaSalle Street, Chicago, III., and your 
M. B. D. assessments to E. J. Manion. act- 
ing Grand S*»cretary and Treasurer, Missouri 
State Life Bldg., St. Louis, Mo. 

All those who will not be telegraphing dur- 
ing the winter months and are otherwise em- 
ployed who wish to carry an ui>-to-date card 
have the privilege of using the reduced rates 
on division dues shown on your notices. 
There are no reduced rates on M. B. D. as- 
sessments. 

Everybody should be all paid up the first 
of the year, so we can have an up-to-date 
division with no delinquents to start with in 
1921. 

It will soon be time to nominate and elect 
delegates to the convention and a local chair- 
man. 

Some of the brothers are a little too free 
in airing their troubles to the public and on 
the phones. If you have a grievance, hand 
it to the proper authorities to be righted. 

Bros. F. J. Tauslgnaut. H. J. Kell and 
C. L. Bell have gone to Florida for the win- 
ter. 

Bro. R. A. Moran, first Powers, during the 
hunting season took a trip to the tall timber 
of Channing and returned with a buck deer. 

Thanks to Bros. W. R. Burkardt and R, A. 
Moran for their items. J. E. Rangbr, 

Cert «06. Wilson. Mich., R. P. D. No. 1. 

Freeport and Fox River lAnes^^ 

Bro. A. L. Jackson, agent Gilberts, has re-* 
sumed work after being laid up most of the 
summer with an injury to his knee. 



Bro. Howard Mayer, now at Waggoner, 
III., I. C. R. R.. was recently laid up in a 
Chicago hospital. 

Chief Dispatcher Price under the doctor's 
care in Washington Boulevard Hospital. Chi- 
cago, is being relieved by Night Chief Cavery. 

Sister Beckman of the P. & S. F. Ry. at 
Black, Texas, visited with her numerous 
friends aroui\d Elgin recently. 

Bro. Walter Marshall has returned from 
his honeymoon trip and resumed at third 
Bluffs Tower. 

No notes were received from any of tbe 
fellows who like to see a write-up in the 
Journal, but are always there with a growl 
when none appears. If you wish to see this 
part of the Galena Division represented, get 
busy and not make It a one-sided affair. I 
am not keepinjg a line on main line notes, 
as there is a brother appointed to take care 
of that. If you have any notes for the above 
branches get them to me not later than the 
16th of the month. 

"HN" AT "GS," Cert. 184S. 



Madison Division — 

A meeting was held at I^bor Temple, Madi- 
son, November 27th. General Chairman 
Thomas was among the few present. 

Commencing with this year, fifty cents a 
year local dues are included with your regu- 
lar dues, as you will note on your remittance 
slip. 

Our sympathy is extended to Bro. E. J. 
Lang, agent Cobb, owing to the death of his 
mother at Mason City, Iowa. November SOth. 
While attending her funeral he was relieved 
by Bro. A. R. Sorenson, relieved at Mt. 
Horeb by Bro. E. J. Bear. 

Bro. R B. Heiple, Dalton third, was on 
the sick list several days recently. 

Bro. F. E. Reidelbach is relieving Bro. W. 
B. Wells, agent Ipswich, and Bro. W. J. Doer- 
ing, agent Rldgeway, Is being relieved by 
W. F. Briggs. 

Bro. C. H. Baker on a deer hunting trip 
North a few days, relieved on Wyeville Tower 
first by Bro. L. M. Mitteness. 

We gratefully acknowledge and kindly 
thank Bro. H. A. Ware for his four-dollar 
contribution to our flower fund. Cbrt. 917. 



Lake 8hore Division — 

Local Chairman Tledke called the Green 
Bay meeting to order December 11th, at 8 :S0 
p. m., with nineteen members present. 

Bro. Boyington gave a talk in regard to 
the reduction of employes, comparing rail- 
road positions with other industries. He ad- 
vised us to be prepared to stand together on 
the Cummins anti-strike law, and also gave 
us some interesting information on the read- 
justment of wages with reference to Inter- 
pretation No. 8, Supplement No. 18. 

After Bro. Boyington had concluded his 
address, Bro. TIedkes requested to the broth- 



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Bros. Olson and Nace of tho dispatcher's 
office were Duluth visitors December 4th. 

Sister Seaman writes that Bro. Seaman is 
still bedfast* but improvinj?. He would be 
pleased to have the boys call on him when 
in Duluth, 4131 Gladstone. They wish to 
thank all the members for the interest taken 
in their behalf. 

Dock office closed .for the season. Bro. 
Johnson to Wales first just opened, and Bro. 
Sullivan to Eveleth, bumping Horrigan. 

Ye scribe is now at Tower Junction second, 
after the closing of O. I. M., grading depart- 
ment, Eveleth, for the season. 

Third trick Fairbanks als6 closed. Sister 
Nickolson relieving Bro. Wightman at Robin- 
son, visiting relatives in Kansas and Iowa. 

Bro. Coleman, second Ely, visited relatives 
in Duluth, three days during the holiday sea- 
son. 

Remember, we have only two calendar 
months from January 1, 1921, in which to 
pay our dues and Mutual Benefit Department 
assessments without becoming delinquent 
Better remit now before you forget it Every 
member dropping out weakens our ranks 
Just that much. Now is the time to organize 
and to stay organized. Should anything oc- 
cur that does not please you, instead of 
dropping out take it up with the Officials 
of the Order, and have it righted. "United 
we stand, divided we fall." 

Any of you who desire to know who the 
nons are will be furnished a list upon re- 
quest Don't let M. M. Azine, second E^ndion 
Station, Duluth, forget his promise to come 
in the first of the year. 

Thanks to Bros. Abrahamson, Johnson and 
Zimmer for the notes. Cert. No. 2. 



Pittsburgh & Shawmut R. R., Div. 87. 

This being our first appearance in Thb 
Telxoraprbb as Division No. 87 a word of 
explanation might be in place, having been 
granted a system division charter and having 
concluded one of the best schedules of wages 
and working conditions in this part of the 
country, we naturally feel very optimistic, 
and thank our good Bro. Vice-President Ross 
for his help in getting us started off so nice- 
ly, and having a good set of oflQclals to work 
under we expect to prosper. 

Bro. J. B. Carroll, first Erie Jet, is now 
clerk to the roadmaster at Brookville. We 
hope he will continue to carry an up to date. 
He was succeeded by Bro. B. P. McMacken, 
with Bros. Nero and McCracken on the other 
tricks. 

Bro. M. K. Shick, agent Brookville, on sev- 
eral months' leave, relieved by Bro. C. O. 
Oearhart, chief clerk and operator there. 

Bro. F. C. Flaherty, agent Cadogan, spent 
A few days with friends at Bradford, re- 
Uerved by Bro. I. D. Craig, relief agent now 
helping Bro. F. C. Dieteman to keep things 
moving at Timblin. 



In Bro. A. U. Howard as general chair- 
man and Bro. A. E. McCullough as secretary 
and treasurer of this division, we have two 
good men for these important offices, havix^ 
been members tor several years, the latter 
having been second vice chief telegrapher of 
Chicago Division 91, Bro. Howard having 
held similar offices on other roads before 
coming to the P. & S. 

Bro. Jas. Serene, Jr., working for a coal 
company, still holds an up to date in this 
division. That's the right spirit ' 

Three motor o^rs have been ordered to 
make the short runs between Kittanning and 
Glen Irwin, Chickasaw and Seminole 
branches, and one to be used out of Brook- 
ville on Conifer and Ramsaytown. branches. 

Sister V. E. . Crawford, formely at B. V. 
tower, Brookville, now located in Detroit, 
Mich., notified us of her new location and 
remitted for an up to date. A good exam- 
ple to follow. 

B. v., Brookville tower, is solid, with the 
following sisters, Sisters M. E. Davis, Satter- 
ly and Bracken, handling the business which 
sometimes is pretty brisk and keeps them on 
' the phones most all the time. 

With only 81 positions In the schedule at 
the present time, we have a membership of 
35. How's that for a new division just get- 
ting started? All positions filled by mem- 
bers except one, also to be filled by an up to 
date shortly. 

Don't fail to pay your dues for the first 
half of the new year, as we want to keep 
our good record up to Its present mark. 

Conductor Percy E. Trump, who has been 
running the Kittanning Hump for some time, 
died recently at his home in Applewold after 
a short illness of typhoid fever. Percy was 
well liked by all and will be missed by his 
many friends and fellow employes. Mrs. 
Trump has our deepest smypathy In the loss 
of her husband. 

x5rothers and sisters not mentioned In this, 
our first write-up do not feel slighted, but 
drop us a line, giving any news you may 
happen to know of. Cbrt. 32. 



Texas & Pacific Ry.» Div. 88. 

Ft. Worth Division West — 

The nons are not going to spend their 
money to help us maintain our standard as 
long as so many of us extend them the same 
courtesies we do a brother. Demand that 
they get Into the organization or enforce "no 
card, no favors*' to the limit I will furnish 
you a list of them on this division any 
time you ask for it, and the chairmen of 
other divisions will be glad to do likewise. 

Bro. T. F. Lasater, Merkel, Texas, and Bro. 
W. A. Wilcoxen, Denton, Texas, have been 
appointed local chairmen Rio Qrande and 
Denton divisions respectively, pending gen- 
eral election. Both competent men and 
should receive the undivided support of the 
membership. 

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rge attendance at the next 
of February he will have to 
Brothers try to be on 
8 only one err!evance pend- 
>peB to Boon have a hear- 

»rri8 hsLS returned from a 

Keks' hunting trip. 

nson is on his yearly camp- 

1. 

t our dues promptly to Bra 

iTeatherford, Texas. 

Cbrt. 814. 



t Western Ry., DIv. 96. 

iplished a good many things 
rt during the past year and" 
have done your part are 
t therefor, financially and 
mber of slackers, who have 
5 pay for the benefits they 
ing less and less, and we 
rill soon be unknown on tiie 
cjountry. 

ow |4 semi-annually for all 
he service of the C. Q. W. 
itions thereon not covered 

ir 1921 will be a prosper^ 
[le for you all. 

Geo. a. Ott, Secy. 



Notes — 

tley and family, wire chief 
ere recent Chicago visitors, 
gent Clare, was also a re- 
tor. 

ell, formerly at East Stock- 
;he C. & N. W. 
lerson, first Byron, Is visit- 
id other points of interest 
I by Bro. Picrson. 
rris, second Sycamore, was 

as a grand jury witness, 
roi^, first Dubuque, was re- 
s by Bro. Oenz sev6ral days 
-ious illness of his mother. 

as. J. Paxson passed away 
>spita] after undergoing an 
(tend him our sincere sym- 
avement. 

few delinquents and nons 
until we thoroughly elim- 

mail addressed to members 
because they do not notify 
r addresses. Whenever you 
[lanent address, it is neces- 
receive your mail regularly, 
the division secretary, so 
lade on the book, and your 
Idressed. Cbrt. 67. 



itlng a son at Mart, Texas, dispatcher on the 
I. ft Q. N., was relieved by the son of Bro. 
Ferris, agent at Hampton. 

Our committee has completed a new 
proposition, in line with the equalisation of 
wages on our line as compared with others 
in our territory, which will be submitted to 
the management this month. Therefore let* s 
pay our dues promptly and see that those 
with or near us do likewise, backing up onr 
committee with a solid membership. 

According to the new ruling grievances 
must first be taken up personally with the 
superintendent. If no satisfaction is received, 
then take it up with the local chairman ; 
failing to get results, he will take it up with 
our general chairman. Keep copies of all 
correspondence. 

First Vice-President Brown, General Chair- 
man Coleman and the Milwaukee committee 
attended the funeral of Bro. S. W. Hakla, 
the newly elected general chairman of Divi- 
sion 23, at Lohrville, Dec. 6th, the writer 
going to Lohrville on a late train and ac- 
companying the party back as far as Ft. 
Dodge. 

Bro. Coleman went over the line a^rain re- 
cently and was quite successful in securing 
new members. 

Send me the changes at your stations g1v« 
ing the names of those leaving, also of theii 
successors with their status, to enable us to 
keep a proper check of our membership. 
Cert. 169< Assistant Local Chairman. 



oughv agent Clarksville, one 
1 on the division, while vis- 



Ulster & Delaware R. R., Div. 113. 

During Government control of railroads 
the U. & D. yard offices, round house, station 
and yardmaster's offices at Bast Oneonta 
were consolidated with the D. A . H. ^We 
are now back on our own line, with the ex- 
ception of the passenger business which will 
be handled through the D. & H. station. O. 
M. Foley, formerly freight agent Tartners- 
ville, agent, no bids. Bro. C. A. Johnson bid 
in first trick telegrapher yardmaster's office, 
and C. H. Bentley, who got second (no bids), 
has promised to join. 

Bro. C. A. Johnson, first East Oneonta. ta 
being relieved three months by Bro. Merrl- 
hew. 

Bro. A. G. Burgher bid in second Rondout 
(new). 

The thieves who broke the panels In door 
and tore out the iron grating in the ticket 
window recently at Cold Brook got nothincr 
for their trouble as Bro. Joyce carries the 
cash in his sock nights. 

The contracting company has begun work 
on the tunnel through the mountain Shanda- 
ken to Platts ville for the water supply of 
New York City, and Bra Bcker Is helpln^r 
Bro. Wood, agent Shandaken, with hia 
monthly reports for a few days. 

Extensive improvements and alterations 
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Seneca Div, Notes — 

The regular monthly meeting night has 
been changed from every second Wednesday 
to every seoond Saturday evening In the 
month, as it was thought more would be able 
to attend, especially those who do not have 
to work Sundays. We should get together as 
much as possible, talk things over, keep up 
the interest In the meetings for the good 
of our organization, which means our own 
individual welfare. Because matters are 
running smoothly we should not become less 
vigilant, but be on guard at all times for 
any emergencies that may arise. Report to 
the local chairman any circumstance that 
does not look right Unless this is done, he 
has no way of knowing all that is going on, 
except in his own immediate neighborhood. 

WTren In need of cards with your name, 
address and fraternal emblem on them, or 
anything else in that line, drop Bro. Thos. 
Coogan, at Lodi, N. T.. a line for samples 
.and prices. He has not been able to work 
much and would appreciate your order for 
anything of that kind, guaranteeing the 
finest workmanship. It will be doing a 
brother member a good turn to patronize 
him and give him a boost whenever you 
can. Cbrt. 22. 



Wyoming Div, — 

A well attended Joint meeting was held at 
Wllkes-Barre, Pa., December 13th. Members 
from the C. R. R., P. R. R., Erie, and the 
L. V. R. R. were present. 

General Chairman Leh of the L. V. R. R. 
gave a very interesting talk which was en- 
Joyed by all. He is an able speaker and is 
deserving of much credit for the work ac- 
complished on the Li. V. The brothers who 
have not been attending the meetings are 
probably unable to realize what he has done, 
unless they Iook back a few yesirs ago be- 
fore we were organized and compare our 
working conditions, salaries, etc., then with 
the benefits we are enjoying now. These 
meetings are held to explain these things 
and the members who attend very rarely find 
anything to criticise. Our general and local 
chairmen are bending every effort to help 
those who are willing to help themselves. Let 
us all make a **Keto Yearns resolution" to do 
everything we can to **hoo8t" and attend 
every meeting the coming year. You will all 
be surprised at what we can accomplish If 
you will all do this. The officers need your 
co-operation. Your scribe attended the Sen- 
eca Division banquet and dance at Sayre 
and had a most enjoyable time for which I 
wish to thank the brothers and sisters of 
that division. These social affairs are a fine 
idea and all the divisions should make a 
practice of having them as often as pos- 
sible. 

Bro. Funk, second Tannery tower, spent 
two weeks hunting deer In Center County, 



Pa., relieved by Bra G. L. F^rrelU relief 
agent 

Bro. R. G. McHale, third Cpxton yard, who 
had a serious operation performed on his 
throat at Mercy Hospital, Wllkes-Barre, re- 
cently, we are glad to hear Is out again, 
much improved in health. 

It Is now Bro. B. A. Chllson. agent, Pitts- 
ton, Pa., and Bro. Wm. Post, Wllkes-Barre, 
Pa. The non is almost a thing of the past 
on the L. V., and I hope for- the benefit of 
all that we will soon have them all lined up. 

The vote recently taken to increase the 
dues from $15 to |20 a year resulted favor- 
ably by about a 75 per cent majority. This 
win give us sufficient funds to help perfect 
our organization on the L. V. and the in- 
creased amount each member is called upon 
to remit Is so small that we will hever miss 
it Let us all pay It as quickly as possible 
and those that can, get a yearly card. 

We regret to learn of the serious illness 
of the wife of Bro. A. W. Knecht third J 
tower, requiring an operation. We extend 
our sympathy and hope for her speedy re- 
covery. C. C. Hartman, L. C, Cert 6«8. 



Buffalo Div. — 

On Dec. 1st every delinquent on this di- 
vision had paid up, leaving us a clean slate to 
start with on Jan. 1st. Let us eliminate that 
list by paying up this time before Feb. 28th. 

The Increase In dues was only a safe- 
guard for our own benefit the coming year; 
a ^'safety first" step to assist our commit- 
tee, the wisdom of which may be prov«i 
sooner than at first expected. It means finan- 
cial backing to maintain our organization 
along with the rest of the roads or "soup". 
We all had enough of that; no one on this 
road will deny It What we have received 
through the O. R. T. was made possible by 
other roads keeping the organization going 
while we "laid down", and not altogether 
because we have been organized two and a 
half years. We have only started but If s 
a good start already several laps ahead of 
some of the older organized roads both In 
money and schedule rules. We are not In 
bad favor with the management and better 
things can be expected. Of course with the 
depression In business throughout the coun- 
try. It is impossible to do much — ^but we can 
stand a period of halt for awhile and hang 
on to what we have. More boosting and less 
knocking will go a great ways towards 
strengthening the organization on Division 
124. 

Keep posted on the particulars of the pro- 
posed banquet at Rochester. 

Bro. Powers at "AB" lost both wheels on 
one side of his wagon recently and wasloff 
several days with the "Injurer.** 

Work began Jan. 1st on the ri^w men and 
nons. Every one should interest himself in 
this. There are only a few but we don't 
want any. Cert. 268. 



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Colorado & Southern A. R., Div. 160. 

Southern Div, — 

Dues are being remitted very promptly by 
the majority of the members, however, I 
am again asliing that all try and get in 
within the final limit which is sixty days 
from January first. 

Many of the members are remitting for 
the annual card which is evidence that we 
still have faith in "our union" and will keep 
the good work going. 

Practically all <tf the operators have re- 
turned from their vacations, which was hard 
to secure on account of the serious shortage 
of operators. However, this dondition exists 
on practicfiUly all roads and from the pres- 
ent outlook there seems to be no relief in 
sight 

Bro. arifflth, Mt Dora, spent a pleasant 
trip to Denver recently after several years 
without seeing the bright lights. 

Bro. Jones, Bamson, will^soon have a new 
depot, I am told« 

Bros. Joe and Sam Sammons are visiting 
their old home in Tennessee. 

Bro. Oliver working first "DA", Trinidad. 
Bro. Farthing is back in third there after a 
trip to Rockaway Beach, "L. I. The wedding 
bells did not ring. 

Dispatcher Shift appointed night chief; 
Gahagan, trainmaster, and O'Connor, assist- 
ant superintendent, Trinidad; J. H. Abrams, 
not demoted. 

Bro. Ralph Slane, second Ludlow, married 
recently. 

Understand several brothers contemplate 
^starting a bank at Ludlow. The officers will 
be: President, E. Phillips; cashier, J. P. 
Meagher; assistant cashier, R. M. Slane. 

Bro. Monahan Is now working for the D. 
& R. a. 

Bro. and Sister Burger, Lascar, have pur- 
chased another ranch consisting of several 
hundred acres. Some one should bid in Las- 
car when Burger dies. It seems to be a 
good paying station. 

Bros. Wildberger, Hickey and Hulse. 
Southern Jet, had a big turkey for Xmas. 
Did not know that was a batching job. 

Traffic has been very heavy on this divi- 
sion and authority has been given to open 
several offices. Hope they will be opened 
where they are needed. 

Clear Creek Dist is doing "some'' huMneaa, 
understand about 52 leases working up tie 
canon and more to open in the spring. 

MgOrath^ Cert 95. 



Western Pacific R. R^ Div. 153. 

Ba9tem Dh?, — \ 

A rousing meeting was held at Elko Sun- 
day, Dec. 12th, attended by all the member^, 
who could possibly get there. Many matters 
pertaining to the welfare of this division 
were discussed. Among those present werei 
Bros. Breeding, general chairman; Blair, 
acting G. S. AT.; Michelson, Roberts, May- 



nard. Cole, Wood, Miller, Lamberty, Mattlns- 
ley, Bagley, Petrie, Wilson and McBlroy. 

Bro. Fritz has some bad luck while at 
Wells and we hope to be able to fix it 

Bro. Ralston is back at "OF." 

Bro. Stackhouse is convalescing after a 
severe attack of bronchitis. 

Bro. Dougherty if agent at Wells again. 

Bro. Williamson has returned, looking fat 
and well. 

Bro. Evans has returned from a trip East, 
and Bro. Martin is on vacation. 

Bro. Roberts having fallen beneath the 
axe of an economical raid in the dispatch- 
er's office, is now "OS'g" a few at "WA". 

Ye scribe departed for the coast in time to 
help eat "Xmas" and New Year's dinner at 
home. 

Remember, boys, no notes, no write-up. 
"Lam.", Cert Z99. 



Western Din, — 

Our meeting in Oroville Sunday, Novem- 
ber 28th, was a huge success. All the dis- 
tricts of this division being represented, but 
more of the west end brothers could have 
been there and those failing to do so missed 
a treat 

Local Chairman Finney presided and many 
important matters were brought up and dis- 
cussed. He made a very interesting talk 
about the importance of members not only 
pa3ring dues promptly at all times without a 
second or third notice, but also taking an 
active interest in the affairs of the Order 
by looking out for new men coming on the 
road and assisting and backing up the local 
and general officers. 

Bro. Roberts suggested that a movement 
be inaugurated to induce all the members to 
pay for an annual card. Instead of payiner 
dues twice a year, thereby eliminating con- 
siderable of the secretary work and quite an 
expense to the division for postage, etc 

This is a move in the right direction, and 
everyone who has not remitted for an an- 
nual card should do so at once. It means 
a saving for yourself, your secretary, and 
grand secretary and treasurer. It saves you 
money order fees, and postage; your division 
expenses for stamps, notices of dues, sta- 
tionery, and saves time and work for your 
secretary and local chairman, trying to keep 
a large percentage of the members from be- 
coming delinquent devote their attention to 
other work. Your officers are trying to do 
their duty, with ^ore or less success. Do 
yours by getting "an annual card for 1921.'* 

Second Oarbona, second Thornton, third 
"RA" Sacramento and fourth "SR" Sacra* 
mento closed on first district Bro. Way- 
nick from "RA" to first Howells, dlsidao- 
ing Bro. Lyons, and Bro. Lowe from Car- 
bona to third Blalrsden displacing Bro. O. O. 
Murphy to extra list and Bro. T. J. SulllTai^ 
fourth "SR" Sacramento, bid In first Hack- 
staff vice Bro. A. J. Hoene to agency Spring 
Garden vloe Bro. Stahlnecker to NUea Bro. 
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I due January i, 1921 
Irea February 28, 1921 

ASSESSMENTS 

12.40 per year 

ZM per year 

7.20 per year 



IN DECEMBER 

ae* Div. Cert Seriea Amount 

>fLunir8. e 51278 C 

llenln^IUs 23 42018 A 

124 41008 B 

^ 81 88888 B 

17 41881 B 

28 81688 C 

arrha^e 66 42005 C 

39 18618 C 

91 1512 B 

ency I4f 70268 C 

28 82568 C 

57 52680 C 

berculoaia 187 46402 C 

.• -. 17 52981 A 

Btotnach 44 84761 A 

in 89 84282 B 

17 28878 B 

•itis 124 87100 B 

•itis 28 61452 C 

ir 78 81582 B 

tin .78 86497 B 

42 69677 C 

ney 82 1620 C 

89 4469 C 

Jrrlck 48 49699 C 

Rectum 11 26288 C _ ,. 



119.400.00 



NT— MORTUARY FUND 

»lpta. 

12.724,824.98 

86,199. 7» 

67.830.81 



18.818.866.38 



lementt. 

12.184.827.47 

19.400.00 

Ications 4.862.61 

• 421.70 

mber 81. 1920 867.648.81 

82,818.866.88 
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E. J. MANION, Acting Editor and Manager. o^flB^^*' 

Vol. XXXVIII FEBRUARY, 1921 No. 2 



Wage Reductions 

Attempts to institute wage reductions have been undertaken by a few 
railroads during the month of January, but the railroad labor organizations 
have succeeded in all but one case (which case is now pending) in bringing 
about a rescindment of the orders issued by the railroads announcing the 
proposed reductions. 

In the case of the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad,' the rail- 
road persisted in its plan to reduce wages fifty per cent of the amount of 
increases accruing to the employes since 1917, and even after receiving 
instructions from the United States Railroad Labor Board to recall its 
order failed to conform to said instructions until after a strike vote was 
taken among the employes and arrangements perfected to withdraw the men 
from the service. The order was rescinded on January 31, 1921. 

The principle has been well established in court decisions and decisions 
of the War Labor Board, of which ex-President Taft was joint chairman, 
that inability of an industry to earn an adequate return on its investment 
was no justification for reducing wages. It cannot be proved that railroad 
employes are receiving an imreasonable wage but, on the contrary, ample 
evidence exists to prove that they are still receiving wages considerably below 
the rates paid mechanics in other industries. 

Any and all attempts on the part of railroads to reduce wages will be 
met with the strongest possible resistance from the organizations of Rail- 
road Labor. 

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Engineers' Go-operative Bank 

Prom nothing to a bank with deposits of approximately $3,000,000 with- 
in three months is the story of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers' 
Co-operative National Bank^ founded on November 1. It is a member of 
the Federal Keserve system and is governed by the same rules that apply 
to all national banks. President Stone, of the Brotherhood of Locomotive 
Engineers, id president of the bank. In discussing the latest venture of 
his organization in an address at Columbia, Mo., he said : 

** After careful thought and study, I became convinced in my mind 
the one thing needed to make the co-operative movement complete was bank- 
ing. I had made a careful study of the co-operative or people's banks in 
other countries, and found 65,000 people's banks in Europe — 30 of these 
banks in Canada. ► ^ ^/ J : ' I 

** You and I have been taught to believe that there is something mysterioua 
about banking ; that only a chosen few could understand it, yet I found that 
in Europe and Canada these 65,000 co-operative banks had been carried on 
successfully for over 70 years by the peasants and workers, with no special 
training, doing a business running into billions of dollars each year, with- 
out any loss. I found, in five states of the United States, laws permitting 
small people's credit unions, but no laws permitting them elsewhere. 1 
found 31,000 banks in the United States; 8,118 of them being national 
banks; the rest state and private banks. 

''That banking is profitable is shown by the fact that the national banks 
earned an average of 28 per cent last year. Our Federal Reserve banks 
averaged 72 per cent 

''What we need in this country are new kinds of banks — ^banks for 
service — ^banks for the common people. Credit controls life, from the poor- 
est worker or farmer up to the most powerful business enterprise. Credits 
should be obtainable by any man or woman of character and ability. . A 
bank can do more for the worker and the farmer than any other class, for 
they need bank service most. They are the producers. They keep the world 
going. , . « . i I , 

"What do men want most in the world f They want a home of their 
owjL They want a farm; they want property — something they can pass on 
to their children. Men want to provide for those they hold dear. They 
want education for their children. They want to be free from fear of 
poverty. Credit makes these things possible. The bank controls credit. That 
is why banking and credit are so important. That is why banks should be for 
service. That is why people should have banks of their own. That is why 
the farmers and workers should own their own banks and mobilize their 
economic power the same as organized capital. 

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124 , The Railroad Tkleobapheb. 

Railway Board of Adjustment Abolished 

The following telegram was sent to Director General Payne, signed by 
ofSeers of the various unionsi assembled in Chicago to plead before the Bail- 
road Labor Board for a plan of future adjustments and national agreements 
between the railroads and their employes : 

J. Barton Paynb, 
Director General of Railroads, Railroad Administration, Washington, D. C. : 
We are advised by our representatives that you have appointed Mr. 
J. G. Code as staff officer and Messrs. Tumbill and O'Neill as assistants, these 
gentlemen to pass upon and decide upon all claims of employes now in the 
hands of the Railroad Administration which were submitted by the organ- 
izations for decision by Board of Adjustment Nos. 2 and 3 in compliance 
with General Orders 29 and 53. 

This is not in keeping with our request made to you in President 
Jewell's letter dated December 23, 1920, written by and with our approval, 
and you have by the above appointments denied these labor organizations any 
representation in the settlement of the claims resulting from disputes be- 
tween the railroad management and their employes. You have given over 
to men who we believe we can properly say are unqualified because pf their 
past and anticipated future affiliations as representatives of the railroad 
management. 

Such action in denying the labor organizations the right of representa- 
tion in disposing of these matters of grievance can only be considered as a 
flagrant discrimination and not only a violation of the spirit and intent of 
General Order Number 29 and former policy of the Railroad Administration, 
but a poor recognition of the loyal and hearty co-operation of the railroad 
employes during the period of the war. 

If our understanding is correct, this will serve to advise you, as Director 
General, that we hereby withdraw every claim submitted to, and now before 
the Railroad Administration, bearing the approval of the duly authorized 
chief executives of the respective organizations who were parties to and rep- 
resented on Boards 2 and 3, which you abolished January 10, 1921, and 
which have not been decided by Boards of Adjustment 2 and 3, and you will 
further understand by the above notice that there are no claims which are 
properly before the Railroad Administration which require or permit any 
further handling by you as Director General, or your representatives. 

(Signed.) W. H. Johnston, J. A. Pranklm, J. W. Kline, J. J. Hynes, 
James P. NooHan, Martin F. Ryan, E. H. FitzGerald, D. W. Heldt, Timothys 
Healy, E. J. Manion, E. F. Grable, B. M. Jewell. 



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dumted aloud for the right of capital to a fair return upon investment, the 
l>rinciple that the worker was entitled to a fair return upon his capital — 
hi« life self — ^was never accepted. In no schedule of wages fixed by govem- 
nient boards or other means was allowance made of a percentage to be set 
aade for savings. 



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126 The Railroad Telegbapheb. 

Eternal Vigilance 

This is an age of organization and concentration. The industrial, com- 
mercial and financial interests are organized 100 per cent The exploiters 
send but few missionaries among their number to plead with industrial 
captains, financial kings or commercial giants to place their economic inter- 
ests behind the fortress of the organizations to which they should belong. 
They know that little can be accomplished wjthout organization, and it 
requires but little argument or eloquence from the orator to bring them 
under one flag, in order that their material welfare may be promoted. But 
there are a large percentage of workers who seem to rely either upon the 
strength of their individuality or the magnanimity of the employer, and re- 
main outside the pale of the labor movement. Theser workers have learned 
no lessons out of the big book of experience, or having learned those lessons 
are willing to drift toward destruction on the economic field. 

Anything that has value is worth fighting for, and liberty is the moBt 
priceless heritage of humanity. The man who will not fight for liberty de- 
serves to be a slave. ^ 

The worker should remember the significant words: ''Eternal vigilance 
is the price of liberty. '* 



Assistance Incites Courage 

Woe to him that is alone, for when he f alleth he hath none to lift him up. 

A brother that is helped by a brother is like a strong city. 

To put the argument concretely: 

Enormous organizations, with business running into billions of dollars, 
cannot be bargained with on equal terms by the helpless individual, perhaps 
poverty-stricken, who timidly knocks at the office door when it's a questioii 
of work or starvation for his wife and children. 

Those who have joined no labor unions, and yet enjoy reasonable hours 
and good working conditions owe their advantages to the labor organizations 
that made these advantages possible. 

Labor backed by the htbidreds of thousands of hift fellows, supported 
by the experience, the generalship and often the high intelligence of the 
ablest of his class; with a reserve of millions of his dollars in the treasury 
that will be poured in defense, of his single self, becomes a power to be 
reckoned with. 



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Prepare for a Serious Problem 

The labor problem is admittedly the gravest of all present social and 
economic problems. At bottom it is an economic problem and can be solved 
only in keeping with economic laws, and not by an appeal to emotionalism. 

Frightful as the world war has been, it will become infinitely more so 
if society will not benefit by its lessons and endeavor to solve our after-war 
problems in concord with the ideals and principles aroused during this 
great struggle. Power then fled before righteousness, dominion before free- 
dom and imperialism before science. Reaction now seems to be sweeping 
over our land. The glories of righteousness and love of freedom appear 
overshadowed for the moment by the clouds of power, greed and lust, and 
our people are threatened with an industrial war that may force the world 
into bankruptcy and again unleash the passions of man and turn loose the 
erimson sweat of human conflict. 



MUTUAL BENEFIT DEPARTMENT MEMBERS. 

Many members are sending us their personal checks to 
apply on their asscMssments in the Mutual Benefit Depart- 
ment, which is contrary to Article 24 of the Mutual Benefit 
Department laws. 

We are required to pay an exchange of ten cents on 
personal checks drawn on all points, except New York, Chi- 
cago, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis or Montreal (the Royal 
Bank of Canada)* 

Hereafter all money forwarded in payment of Mutual 
Benefit Department assessments must be remitted by express* 
or post ofSce money order, or by draft on either New York, 
Chicago, Philadelphia^ Boston, St. Louis or Montreal (the 
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128 The Bailboap Tblegraphsb. 

Official Newspaper of the Sixteen Associated 
Railroad Labor Organizations 

I want to talk with you about Labor, the weekly newspaper printed in 
Washington by the sixteen associated railroad labor organizations. 

I sometimes wonder if the members of our organization understand that 
Labor is iheir paper, that they own it as absolutely as they do the clothes on 
their backs, or the official journal of our organization. 

For years we have all been talkiog about establishing a labor press and 
deploring the fact that the daily papers, almost without exception, were con- 
trolled by our enemies and were used mercilessly in every time of peril to do 
us injury. 

The international officers have now made a start in the direction indicated. 
They have officially designated Labor as **the official Washington weekly news- 
paper of the sixteen associated recognized standard railroad labor organ- 
izations." 

The executives' idea was that each craft should retain its own official jour- 
nal, which would carry to the members the new^ of interest to that craft, and 
that all the crafts engaged i^ railroad work should unite in support of a publi- 
cation issued at the seat of national government and devoted to the task of 
gathering and disseminating information concerning national and interna- 
tional events of importance to the workers. 

This is the mission of Labor ^ and up to date it has been splendidly car- 
ried out. 

The paper does not carry any advertising. Therefore its editorial policy 
will never be subjected to the influence of greedy special interests. The entire 
cost of publication will be met through the money received in payment of sub- 
scriptions. 

As the sixteen organizations are the sole owners of the paper, no indi- 
vidual or corporation will ever be able to reap a dollar of profit from its pub- 
lication. When you subscribe for Labor you do so with the knowledge that 
every penny you contribute will be used to make the paper what it diould be — 
a militant, splendidly edited organ of the working class. . 

You can get some idea of the possibilities of Labor by considering what 
the paper has already accomplished. The first number came off the press about 
sixteen months ago. In that time it has secured a circulation of about a quar- 
ter of a million, giving it the largest circulation of any weekly labor paper in 
the world. All these subscribers were secured through the efforts of volunteer 
workers. Not a penny has been paid as commission for subscriptions. 



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Labor has iiitelligently and consistently presented the cause of Govern- 
ment ownership and democratic operation of the railroads to the people of the 
pountry. It was largely responsible for the nation-wide fight against the Cum- 
mins-Esch bill. It supplied its readers with definite information concerning 
the work of Congress, and from time to time printed roU-calls on vital meas- 
ures, thus giving all who read it an opportunity to ^*size up*' their Senators 
and Congressmen, and determine for themselves whether they were progres- 
sive or reactionary. Its editors have kept in touch with world events and have 
interpreted those events from the point of view of the workers. 

In a word, Labor has done the work we all hoped a labor press would some 
(lay perform, and it is because of this that the chief executives, at their meet- 
ing in Washington, formally designated it as the official Washington weekly 
paper of the sixteen organizations. 

The chief executives asked Mr. Keating, the manager of Labor, to call 
A conference of the editors of the official journals of the sixteen organizations 
to assemble in Washington. We met according to schedule, and spent two 
days conferring with the men respo^isible f or the editorial policy of Labor. 

The object of the gathering, as stated by the chief executives, was to 
devise plans by which the circulation of Labor could be increased to the pro- 
portions justified by the importance of the cause it advocates. 

The result of our two days' discussion may be stated in a sentence: 

We decided that Labor should be given a circulation of a million paid 
subflfcribers at the earliest possdble date. 

With such a circulation Labor can be made the most powerful influence 
for good in the American labor movement. 

The goal we set may seem an ambitious one, but we all felt that our plans 
TS'ere in reality conservative. 

The sixteen associated orgajaizations have a total membership of close to 
two mOlions. Surely it is not unreasonable to expect that fifty per cent of our 
members will suj^scribe for a publication which means so much to them and 
to the cause of trades unionism. 

Then we feel we have every reason to believe we can cou^t on the earnest 
support of the trades unionists who are not members of the sixteen associated 
organizations, because Labor is not fighting the battle of a part of the workers. 
It stands for the interests of every man and woman who toils. Eventually that 
fact will be recognized, and then instead of a circulation of a million it will 
go into the homes of two or three million workers every week. 

In order to show how all the editors felt about the results of our Wash- 
mgUm conference, I am presenting the following statement, which was adopted 
by unanimous vote at the conclusion of our deliberations : 

The editors of the official publications of the associated railroad labor 
organizations have adopted the following: 

Labor la the official Washington weekly newspaper of the sixteen asso^ 
^iated railroad labor organizations. It has been so designated by the execu- 

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130 The Railroad Telegrapher. 

lives of the sixteen organizations. It is owned by those organizations and its 
editorial policy is directed by a committee selected by their executives. 

It' can and should be made the most influentisd labor paper in this coun- 
try. In order to attain that ambitious goal Labor must be given a paid circu- 
lation of at least one million. 

In order to devise plans by which that result nmy be brought' about, the 
diief executives requested the editors of the official publications of the sixteen 
associated organizations to meet in Washington for a conference with the men 
responsible for the editorial policy of Labor. The editors remained in session 
for two days. As the result of our exchange of views we agreed upon a cam- 
paign for new subscriptions for Labor. 

In support of the program adopted we pledge the support of the publi- 
cations which we represent. In our judgment no greater service can be ren- 
dered the cause of organized labor at this time than to give our official Wash- 
ington weekly newspaper a circulation of one million. 

We will endeavor to do our part, and appeal to every membei* of the six- 
teen organizations to take off his coat and get into the game with a determina- 
tion to put this proposition over the top during the coming year. 

The plan we agreed upon for getting new subscribers is the point I want 
to drive home to every officer and member of the Order of Eailroad Teleg- 
raphers. The plan which was adopted to meet our requirements is, that eVery 
general chairman should immediately appoint every local chairman and his 
assistants as permanent conunittees to solicit subscriptions for Labor, with 
instructions to report to the general chairman in writing the first of each 
month. The manager of Labor agreed that where such committees were ap- 
pointed the subscribers secured would b^ given the benefit of the reduced rate 
of $1.50 per year. This was with the understanding that each committee ap- 
pointed would secure fifty new subscribers within sixty days after the date 
of their appointment by the general chairman. 

We cannot permit our organization to lag behind. I think the members 
of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers should be out in f rOnt, leading the way. 

All general chairmen will please address a letter to Edward Keating, 
manager of Labor, Machinists' Building, Washington, D. C, telling him 
exactly what they have done and the number of committees appointed under 
their jurisdiction, and send me a copy of the letter. Mr. Keating will supply 
all general chairmen with application blanks, extra copies of Labor and other 
literature, if requested to do so by our general chairmen. It is up to us to do 
our bit in putting Labor over the top, and I respectfully urge all general chair- 
men to give this subject their immediate attention, that we may be proud of 
the record which we hope to establish in securing thousands upon thousands of 
our members as readers of Labor, the Washington newspaper of the associated 
railroad organizations. 

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Do You Read LABOR? 

If you don't, it is because you do not know the important service Labor 
is giving you. 

It is your paper. It is as much your* property as the clothes on your back. 
You have a very real interest in it. 

Labor is the oflScial Washington newspaper of the standard organizations 
of railroad employes. It is owned by the members of those organizations. 
Therefore, as a member of The Order of Railroad Telegraphers you are one of 
the owners of Labor, It is published without profit. It carries no advertise- 
ments. It serves only the cause of truth — which is the workers' cause. 

Labor has a circulation of nearly 300,000, o.btained in eighteen months, an 
achievement wthout parallel. It should have a circulation of a million. In 
fact, it should be read by every worker in this nation. Its influence is bounded 
only by its opportunities to do good. 

Shoots Straight for Workers 

If you don't know about Labor, ask somebody who does There are many 
such about you. Th^'ll tell you that it is the livest, cleanest, straightest 
shooter for the workers published in this country. 

Send your subscription today — use the coupon for convenience. Get your 
associates to do likewise. Every issue contains information that wiU be in- 
structive to the members. 

It is important fo you that you know about Labor, Subscribe for it at 
once. Don't delay — ^by putting it off until tomorrow you may forget. One 
issue will prove just how necessary it is to the workers in their present 
straggles. 

USE THE 
COUPON 




and do it 

NOW! 



SEND TO GENERAL OR LOCAL CHAIRMAN 

To General or Local Chairmen 

I am conscious of the efforts being made by the enemies of 
the workers to further enslave them and am anxious to do all 
in my power to defeat their program. I also realize the ne«d 
of a press that is friendly to the workers. For these reasons 
I desife to become a regular reader of Labor and send here- 
with $1.50 Club Plan of 50 members covering- a year's sub- 
scription. 

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Town or City State 

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Pay your dues promptly. 
Agitate I Educate ! Orgajiize ! 



Healthy discontent is necessary to 
progress. 



Remember, united we stand and 
divided we fall. 



The fellow who isn't fired with en- 
thusiasm is apt to be fired. 



The labor of human beings is not a 
commodity or article of commerce. 



Ability, stability, reliability are a 
combination that will open most doors. 



The workingman who is going along 
without reading is like a ship without 
a rudder. 



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To profiteers the imemployed are 
lemons that have been squeezed and 
thrown in the alley. 



They are sending an expedition 
into Asia to find the missing link. 
Why go so far from homet 



The "open" shop is closed to mem- 
bers of labor unions and is an a^ 
tempt to crush organized labor. 



We stand for American principles 
of liberty, truth, justice and equality 
to all and special privileges to none. 



Triumph for the principles of de- 
mocracy is the ideal of organized 
labor. 



It ifi manifestly unfair that Labor 
should be called upon to be ''The 
Goat." 



Give your fellow trade unionist a 
square deal — ^booet his union label, 
card or button. 



Add to your experience all that 
is to be gained by diligent observation. 
Watch ! Look I Listen ! 



The employer who takes labor by 
the hand, rather jthan the throat, will 
fare best in the long run. 



Resistance to*tyranny, in whatever 
form expressed, is a moral obligation 
of the American labor movement. 



Seven hundred and fifty-eight new 
members were initiated into the 
Order during the month of January. 



A copy of the cartoon by Congress- 
man Baer, published in this issue, may 
be obtained by writing to Labor, 
Washington, D. C. 



We firmly believe in the principles 
for which this organization was 
founded and entertain no doubts of 
its ultimate success. 

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has been averted. Several demands 
made by the men have been granted 
and others submitted to arbitration. 



The orga^ization of wage earners, 
under charters from the American 
Federation of Labor, is progressive 
from start to finish and is not antago- 
Jiistic to the interests of the em- 
ployers. 



Remember ,that you must remain ^ 
loyal to the organization and put forth 
every effort to improve and enlarge it. 
It's your organization and upon 
you — the rank and file — depends the 
future. 



Co-operate with one another. Co- 
operate with your officers. Co-oper- 
ate with other crafts. Co-operate 
with the editor, and success and hap- 
piness will be assured for every 
member. 



A drastic anti-alien land bill, mod- 
eled after the California law, has been 
introduced in the Oregon legislature. 
The bill prohibits any alien not eligi- 
ble to citizenship from owning real 
estate in Oregon. 



Now the cry is raised, ''high prices 
must come down. ' ' And the moneyed 
class at once turns its attention to 
wages. One would think the workers 
owned the limousines and the employ- 
ers went in rags. 



Italy has actually completed electri- 
fication of 105 kilometers of her rail- 
roads. This work is being pushed to 
the limit because of Italy's lack of 
coal, and her need for saving this 
tremendous expense. 



The day of ** pussy-footing'* and 
lack of backbone has passed, the day 
of **Let George Do It" has gone, 
personal responsibility is here, and 
the man who has arrived at that reali- 
zation is the preferred man. 



A referendum on the introduction 
of the eight-hour day in Swiss rail- 
road, telephone and postal telegraph 
and administrative services resulted 
in favor of its adoption by a vote of 
369,000 to 271,000. 



In the near future it will not be 
so hard to get the laboring man to 
to see that unionism is essential to 
his salvation. The time is now here 
when men have got to line up for or 
against a fight to the finish between 
capital and labor. 



The coming sessions of the state 
legislatures will be marked by at- 
tempts of reaction to secure the pas- 
sage of anti-labor laws, which include 
the cossack system. Labor will resist 
this plan and will also submit a series 
of constructive proposals. 



The union label is the ''In Hoc 
Signo Vinces" of the crusade to res- 
cue the child from the workshop, fac- 
tory and mill; the woman from the 
sweatshop and tenement house, and 
the millions of labor from the clutches 
of greed, degradation and poverty. 



A complete man myxst have intel- 
lect, will, spirit and physical strength. 
These, co-ordinated, mean labor- 
power. To live, to be free, workers 
must control their labor-power. To 
permit others to do so, is to surrender 
every aspiration for a complete life. 



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Congressman Esch, who, with Seja- 
ator Cummins, of Iowa, drafted the 
transportation act, has retired to pri- 
vate life. Senator Cummins escaped 
defeat, but his majority was 200,000 
less than that which President-elect 
Harding carried the state. 



Hope is the universal trademark 
with which the Creator brands the 
soul of His masterpiece, man — the 
promissory note of life on which the 
principal never matures, but which 
pays compound interest to those who 
render their best service each day. 



Agreement reached between New 
York Central and Canadian Pacifid to 
construct 11 miles of track from Tona- 
wanda, N. Y., to Grand Island, and 
10 miles |rom last named place to 
Welland on Canadian side may solve 
problem of traffic congestion at Inter- 
national border. 



Because of lack of housing in New 
York City, Dr. Copeland, Health Com- 
missioner, fears an increase in the 
tuberculosis mortality rate. He says 
insanitary conditions create an ex- 
cellent field for the spread of <lisease 
and is sure to result in a moral and 
mental degeneracy. 



Eobert J. Poster, chief of the spy 
system maintained by the National 
Erectors' Association and other anti- 
nnion organizations of employers, has 
been indicted by a grand jury. He 
refused to produce records of his spy 
activities asked by the building trust 
probers. 



While you wander among the 
doads, wrapped in speculation and 



dwelling among beautiful theories, 
you strike no fear to the heart of 
tyranny. Organize, mobilize your 
power, and you strengthen the cause 
of the weak and oppressed every- 
where. 



The trade union movement is mak- 
ing progress toward greater freedom 
faster than any movement of men and 
women anywhere. There is no move- 
ment so powerful to resist the in- 
vasion of rights. In spite of cajolery 
flattery and treachery, it goe^ on and 
on to greater heights, to greater 
achievements. 



The new program of the British 
independent labor party, which is to 
be submitted to divisional confer- 
ences, sets forth as the aim of the 
party *'the termination of the present 
capitalist system and its exploitation 
of labor, and the establishment of a 
system by which the community will 
o^n, organize and control its re- 
sources for the benefit of alL" 



The decline in prices has so far 
been comparatively small, has af- 
fected, for the most part, articles that 
do not enter largely into the work- 
man's total cost, and may be more 
than offset by the unheralded increase 
in some other article of food, which 
proportionately affects him a great 
deal more. 



The open shop program of the days 
of VanCleve, Post and Kirby, rejuve- 
nated by the Chamber of Commerce 
of the United States under the allur- 
ing title *'The American Plan" is 
revolutionary and absolutely the most 
vicious scheme for the undermining 

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of stable governments that has ever 
been conceived. 



The Scriptures tell us that it is 
''more blessed to give than to re- 
ceive/' Giving does not necessarily 
entail some material substance. The 
giving of sympathy, encouragement, 
advice and the benefit of knowledge, 
gained through wider experience and 
longer years, are of vastly more bene- 
fit to many. 



I do Jthe very best I know how — 
the very best I can; and 1 mean to 
keep doing so until the end. If the 
end brings me out all right what is 
said against me won't amount* to any- 
thing; if the end brings me out wrong 
ten angels swearing I was right would 
make no difference. — ^Abraham Lin- 
coln. 



The most progressive employers of 
today are quite willing to admit that 
the most satisfactory relations are 
maintained with their employes 
through agreements between their re- 
spective organizations, as these tend 
to establish uniform and stable con- 
ditions which promote satisfaction 
and a larger degree of success. 



If the wages of all railroad em- 
ployes doubled, less than one per cent 
would be added to the cost of trans- 
porting a ton of freight. An increase 
of 50 per cent in railroaders' wages 
would add only 15 cents to a baiTel 
of flour, 12 cents per hundred pounds 
of beef, cattle, and only 40 cents a 
ton on bituminous coal. 



This should be a world of friends. 
Nothing except human selfishness pre- 



vents it from being so. A selfish man 
is a fool, for the reason that the hap- 
piness he seeks by "wrong doing al- 
ways eludes him. The human race 
has outgrown a good many other 
kinds of foolishness, but will it out- 
grow this kind! 



Enemies of this country just now 
are men utilizing lack of employment 
and threat of bad times and seeking 
to destroy labor organizations. De- 
stroy the labor unions, let men know 
they have no remedy for their trou- 
bles in peaceful, legal organization 
and negotiation-^and you will have 
them trying remedies that won't 
please you. 



Regarding the proper settlement of 
industrial disputes, it is j)lain tha^t 
there can be no permanent, tangible 
advancement in practical understand- 
ing without the frank recognition of 
employers that organized labor is a 
necessary party to conference. To 
combat organized labor at every turn 
and wherever possible is to turn the 
clock backward. 



The coal industry wiU again be 
probed, if the Pennsylvania legisla- 
ture passes a resolution introduced 
by Representative Glass of Philadel- 
phia. The law-maker says his city is 
paying $15 a ton for coal that costs 
$5.50 to mine. After the probers se- 
cure the necessary information this 
will be referred to the legislature "for 
action." 



The great forces of reaction, of 
greed, or organized plutocracy, have 
thrown their challenge into the arena. 
This challenge is backed by power. 

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No meekness of spirit, no smiling 
coontenance of moderation will serve 
to meet this brutal challenge. For 
this hour there is needed the stem 
spirit, the set features, the earnest 
will of the fighting man. 



We have a great organization, one 
that can be made a wonderful power, 
not only for the members of The 
Obdeb of Rahjioad Telegraphers, 
bat for humanity ; and a continuance 
of the perseverance and determination 
with a broad-minded and far-seeing 
policy on the part of every member, 
will make a structure that can be 
pointed to with pride. 



Three million idle men east of the 
Mississippi river are doing some seri- 
ous thinking, and it will be hard to 
convince them that the manufacturer 
is not curtailing his output for the 
pnrpose of creating a demand that 
will permit him to maintain a high 
standard of prices, while starving the 
workers into accepting a reduction in 
pay. 



We hear of mark-down sales of 
clothing, but even the reduced prices 
look twice as high as the same grades 
were priced six years ago. If any of 
m are ill, we find that doctors' fees 
are increased and we have not heard 
of any movement to reduce the wages 
of doctors, nor of undertakers. It 
costs more to live, to be sick, and to 
be buried when any of us die. 



In the richest nation on earth, 
where natural resources yet abound, 
there are millions of men who cannot 
find work and there are millions of 
ehildren who are hungry. The work- 



ers produced all of this great wealth, 
excepting the natural resoprces, 
which have been stolen from society 
by the captains of industry and 
finance. 



Anti-trade unionists attempted to 
distribute 11,000 circulars in the pub- 
lic schools of Oakland, Cal., but when 
the state superintendent of schools 
heard of it he objected and the proj- 
ect was abandoned. The publicity 
scheme was favored by Superintend- 
ent Hunter of the local schools, who 
is also president of the National Edu- 
cational Association. 



** Almost every avenue of industry 
in this country is clogged and glutted 
and the federal department of justice 
is responsibly," said Samuel Unter- 
meyer, counsel for the state commis- 
sion that is probing the housing situ- 
ation, in a speech in New York City. 
The attorney recounted eflforts now 
being made by financial interests to 
block a probe of their affairs. 



There is a possibility of the Poin- 
dexter bill being reopened in the Sen- 
ate, but there is no possibility of it 
being defeated in the upper house. 
Our only hope lies in Congress and 
we should lose no time in arraying 
our friends against this truly un- 
American legislation, which is noth- 
ing more nor less than involuntary 
servitude. 



We have come in contact with a 
great many transportation officials in 
our lifetime, and it is not uncommon 
to find among them men who seem 
to think that the title they bear car- 
ries with it an obligation to impress 

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that fact upon every subordinate. It 
was not so many years ago that all 
railroad officials took themselves too 
seriously. Some of the old ** bureau- 
crats'' do so today. 



At the close of 1920 the American 
Federation of Labor is an organiza- 
tion of 4,500,000 men and women. It 
is an organisation of fighting spirit, 
ready for the struggle ahead. The 
workers have need to be alert and 
militant, for never in the history of 
the American labor movement has 
plutocratic greed presented such an 
organized menace to democratic 
progress. 



There is every good reason to be- 
lieve that the coming two years will 
be filled with the most trying circum- 
stances that have ever yet confronted 
the labor movement. Here, there and 
everywhere evidence multiplies every 
day that there is directly ahead of 
the labor movement problems that 
will tax the ingenuity of the best 
leadership that can be marshalled for 
the struggle. 



One should not be deceived as to 
what the so-called '* American Plan" 
stands for. It is the retitling of the 



scheme of the manufacturers of a dec- 
ade past who set out to crush the 
movement of organization among the 
working men and women of this con- 
tinent under the banner of the *'open 
shop,'* and the sugar-coating is repre- 
sented in the apparently hasmleas 
words now used. 



** Don't Kick a Brother Man When 
lie Is Down — Help Him to His Feet 
if He Shows a Desi|*e to Stand 
Erect*' 

Organized labor has no place for re- 
venge or hatred in its heart. Union- 
ism is founded on the great principle 
of civilization, which is toleration, 
sympathy and love of all mankind. 
A man should not be eternally' 
damned for past mistakes. 



Building trades unions in Ann Ar- 
bor, Michf, stopped a 10 per cent wage 
reduction by the University of Michi- 
gan. The unionists notified the su- 
perintendent of building* and grounds 
that no member of organized labor 
would be permitted to work there un- 
der the new order. The superin- 
tendent modified the order as far as 
unionists are concerned, and said it 
would only apply to the unorganized. 



An anti-strike law is hardly possi- 
ble at this session of the Minnesota 
state legislature because of senti- 
ments contained in the new industrial 
commission bill, which is favored by 
leaders of the legislature. The pro- 
posal provides that the commission 
shall **do all in its power to promote 
the voluntary arbitration, mediation 
and conciliation of disputes between 
employers and employes." 



Do not overlook the important fact 
that dues in the Order and assess- 
ments on certificates of membership 
in the Mutual Benefit Department 
for the present term, January 1st to 
June 30th, are now due and payable. 
In order to avoid delinquency they 
must be paid on or before February 
28th. There is no time like the pres- 
ent. Procrastination often spells dis- 
aster. 

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A man of 55 or 60 years of age' 
is considered ideally fit to steer the 
ship of state, but railroad companies 
will not employ a man of that age. 
From this we conclude that it takes 
a keener mental vision, a clearer eye, 
a steadier hand, more energy and 
more stamina on railroads than to 
ran a government. And still states- 
men and politicians put on airs as if 
they were supermen. 



wegian Confederation of Trade 
Unions. 



At a conferendfe at Paris of civil 
employes these workers pledged their 
adherence to trade unionism, despite 
contrary efforts. by government offi- 
cials. These employes declared that 
nothing can separate them from other 
wage earners and that they will re- 
main with the French Federation of 
Labor and aid the trade union move- 
ment in carrying out its program of 
social reconstruction. 



Formation of a great union of Jap- 
anese seamen is planned, covering the 
whole of the country, and having as 
its object the protection of the inter- 
ests of the members. The plan may 
be regarded as a counter move against 
the Japan Ship Owners' Union, which 
was established about two months ago. 
including aU the leading Japanese 
shipping companies among its mem- 
bers. 



Refusal of the government to accept 
voluntary arbitration to adjust griev- 
ances caused a strike on the Nor- 
wegian state railroads. The strike is 
complete. It is estimated that more 
than 12JO0O employes are directly af- 
fected. The strikers are distributed 
«nong three organizations, two of 
^ich are aflSliated wtih the Nor- 



The fact that employers are against 
the union shop does not prove it un- 
American. It merely proves they are 
against the union shop. With the 
open shop they can pay. what they 
feel like and reap in the gold for 
themselves. Individual bargaining is 
what they want, and the man who 
thinks he can bargain individually in 
this age of organization needs exami- 
nation. 



Cheap labor employers are extreme- 
ly modest in their plans to hamstring 
orgsinized labor. All they ask is that 
the unions be incorporated, that all 
strikes be outlawed and that a body 
be empowered to set aside any agree- 
ment entered into between employers 
and a trade union. With these few 
changes the cheap wage advocates 
nught be induced to permit the work- 
ers to organize ping pong parties and 
golf clubs. 



The *'open shop" drive masks un-' 
der such names as **The American 
Plan" and hides behind the pretense 
of American freedom. Yet its real 
purpose is to destroy all effective la- 
bor unions, and thus subject the work- 
ing people to the complete domination 
of the employers. Should it succeed 
in the measure that its proponents 
hope, it will thrust far into the ranks 
of the underpaid the body of Ameri- 
can working people. 



A cossack bill has been introduced 
in the Ohio legislature. This plan 
was defeated at the last legislature, 
but since that time its advocates have 

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been developing a friendly sentiment 
among various elements. Farmers are 
told ft is intended for petty thieves; 
automobile owners are assured that 
it will curb the stealing of autos, and 
church folks are promised that it will 
uplift the morals of the rural com- 
munities. 



Trade unionists in Minnesota re- 
fuse to fall into a trap laid for them 
by advocates of the cossack system. 
The cossack bill now proposed would 
stop Cossacks from interfering with 
strikes. The unionists show that if 
the people accept -the theory that the 
state may take from the county and 
city its police power, cossacks, when 
established, can have their duties en- 
large<^ to any degree anti-unionists 
desire. 



Brother G. D. Robertson, Minister 
of Labor of Canada, addressing the 
annual meeting of the American As- 
sociation for Labor Legislaticm, at 
New York, on the operation of meas- 
ures recently adopted by Canada to 
combat unemployment, declared that 
the government employment service 
is proving an eflfective aid in the con- 
trol of immigration, thereby lessen- 
ing the seriousness of the present un- 
employment problem. 



-and the great American labor move- 
ment through the storms of the tem- 
pestuous time that is just ahead. The 
Order has stood the test before, when 
dangers lurked to destroy it That 
the organization will do the same 
again ought to be assured, for the 
Order is composed today of the same 
fine, splendid manhood and w<Mnan- 
hood that always has characterized its 
existence. 



Sound, clear-headed, safe, tested, 
experienced leadership, coupled with 
absolute trust, confidence and co-op- 
eration on the part of the entire mem- 
bership is the policy that will carry 
the Order op B^vilroad Telegraphers 



In order that our members may ap- 
preciate the value and benefit of hold- 
ing and maintaining in force Mutual 
Benefit Department certificates, we 
are quoting the following from the 
widow of one of our deceased mem- 
bers: ''I wish I might say something 
to make other men insure themselves, 
for when this great trouble comes into 
the life of a woman, it is more than 
she is given strength to bear and finan- 
cial difficulties usually follow with 
it.'* Avoid delinquency and remit 
your dues and assessments prior to 
February 28th. 



Boy EL James, a member of the or- 
ganization in the employ of the Gen- 
eral Offices, has the special distinction 
of having designed the artistio cover 
for the 1921 issues of The BauuROad 
Telegrapher, and also the title draw- 
ings preceding the various depart- 
ments of this publication. Much 
credit and commendation is due 
Brother James for his talent and ver- 
satility. 



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penterevllle, 111., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. L. Boelter of Hal- 
Hday, N. D.. a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. A. Head of Jack- 
son, Tenn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Thoe. A. McBachern 
of Ft. Green Springs, Fla., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. L. Moss of Crook- 
ston. Neb., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. H. Cavanaugh of 
Dakota Junction, Neb., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. B. Poacher of 
Cantrall, 111., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. A. Martin of Chey- 
enne Wells, Colo., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Frank Chambers of 
Qlenmont, Ohio, a girl. 



of Div. 155 and Miss Violet McQuillen. 

At Divemon, 111., Bro. William H. 
Rooker of Div. 36 and Miss Hilda Shears. 
• At New Hebron, Miss., Bro. V. J. Col- 
ligan of Div. 64 and Miss Carrie McCoy. 

At Ora, Miss., Sister Ina Turnage of 
Div. 64 and Mr. Bdens. 

At Rochester, Pa., Bro. O. H. Hage of 
Div. 52 and Miss Edna McNeese. 

At Galesburg, 111., Bro. C. V. Ellison of 
Div. 37 and Mrs. Cassie Hannum. 

At Montrose, Mich., Bro. Leon D. Oyler 
of Div. 39 and Miss Vivian Homing. 

At Florence, Kan., Bro. Victor A. Taj'- 
lor of Div. 61 and Miss Grace Mortimore. 

At Hadsell, Mo., Bro. Paul Creech of 
Div. 35 and Miss Marie Maloney. 

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At Blue Island, 111., Sister Irene Boyer 
of Div. 59 and Mr. J. L. Bolin. 

At West Medford, Mass., Bro. A. L. 
Thomas of the Grand Division and Miss 
Ella Ha&kell. 

At Regina, Sask., Bro. A. Sarka of 
Div. 7 and Miss Selma Schmidt. 

At Regina, Sask., Bro. S. Piatt of Div. 
7 and Miss Katherine Herdman. 

At Glenavon, Sask., Bro. G. Zealand of 
Div. 7 and Miss Lula May Bell. 

At Glendive, Mont., Bro. G. W. Hall 
and Sister Lela E. Crinkshank, both of 
Div. 54. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Moore of Cooko 
ville, Tenn., announce the engagement of 
their daughter, Marguerite Douglas to 
Bro. Wm. Dillard Sparks of Dir. 178. 

At Blackshear, Ga.. Bro. A. L. How- 
ard of Div. 15 and Miss Maud McMillan. 

At Hymera, Ind., Bro. C. R. Liongcor 
of Div. 180 and Miss Ruth Dutton. 

The Texbgrapheb extends congratular 
tions to the happy couples. 



The following deaths have been re- 
ported since the last issue of Thb Teejdg- 
rapheb: 

Flather of Bro. Chas. A. Underwood. 
Jr., of Div. 30. 

Daughter of Bro. C. Case of Div. 26. 

Uncle of Bro. L. L. Steinheimer of Div. 
26. 

Daughter of Bro. G. L. Cherry of Div. 
15. 

Father of Bro. M. A. Chasteen of Div. 
58. 

Bro. A. S. Vaiden of Div. 14. 

Son of Bro. J. Clark of Div. 7. 

Brother of W. J. Bradshaw of Div. 14. 

Father of Bro. John F. Kinchereff of 
Div. 3. 

Sister Hilda Skogerson of Div. 6. 

Father of Bro. A. M. Glahn of Div. 22. 

Mother-in-law of Bro. C. C. Wells of 
Div. 33. 

Bro. G. B. Abrams of Div. 46. 

Bro. M. E. Cochran of Div. 58. 

Bro. James Cornelius Hallisy of Div. 7. 

Bro. E. P. Groves of Div. 8. 

Bro. C. W. Reynolds of Div. 8. 

Bro. F. S. Wortinger of Div. 17. 

Bro. N. A. Morgan of Div. 15. 

Sister of Bro. R. D. Wilson of Div. 14. 



Mother of Bro. A. W.- Overton of Di/. 
14. 

Son of Bro. J. R. Shadle of Div. 17. 

Son of Bro. R. L. Rankin of Div. 33. 

Sister of Bro. A. L. Adler of Div. 76. 

Wife of Bro. M. A. Brinkly of Div. 69. 

Wife of Bro. J. B. Springer of Div. 33. 

Father of Bro. C. A. 'Wanamaker of 
Div, 29. 

Mother of Bro. A. S. Vaiden of Div. 14. 

Son of Bro. H. B. Keys of Div. 92. 

Father of Bro. Fred J. Dansereau of 
Div. 156. 

Sister of Bro. Michael A. Murphy of 
Div. 156. 

Brother of Bro. Joseph L. Snyder of 
Div. 156. 

Bro. J. E. Wrtght of Div. 71. 

Wife of Bro. E. A. Paschke of Div. 71. 

Mother of Bro. Herman Ballard of 
Div. 58. 

Infant son of Bro. R. A. Gardner of 
Div. 62. 

Bro. John Savage of Div. 44. 

Wife of Bro. H. H. Smith of Div. 17. 

Father of Bro. W. P. Hosteter of Div. 
17. 

Sister of Bro. E. C. Kirk of Div. 17. 

Father of Bro. P. V. Bailey of Div. 180. 

Mother of Bro. F. C. Johnson of Div. 
33. 

Tlie bereaved relatives have the sjrm- 
pathy of all. 



WANTED. 
Whereabouts of John Orville Bumette, 
formerly telegraph operator on North- 
western, Served several years in Army; 
discharged August 11, 1920. Left home 
November 5, 1920. Thought to be tele- 
graphing in West or Southwest Age, 37 r 
weight, 215 to 218 Ibe.; height, 5 ft, 8 in.; 
brown curly hair, blue-gray eyes. Tattoo 
marks on both arms bearing inscriptions 
"Manilla, P. I., 1905." and "Manilla, P. I.. 
1901." Also name "Nellie" on left arm 
near elbow. He is an expert Morse and 
Radio man. Anyone knowing his where- 
abouts or a man answering this descrip- 
tion, please notify 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers, 
Missouri State Life Bldg., 
St Louis, Mo. 

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Whereabouts of Robert Ashbury West, 
employed by the D.. L. ft W. at Buffalo. 
N. Y., and entered the Order the first of 
September. Medium height, blue eyes. 
brown hair, slightly gray at temples. Last 
heard of September 21. Wife seriously ill 
and financially distressed. Wire informa- 
tion to Mas. MINNIE West, 
197 South Elmwood Ave., 
Buffalo, N. Y. 



Whereabouts of Thos. H. Jacobs. Last 
heard of April 22 at Ottumwa, Iowa. Ini' 
portant If you see this, communicate 
with 

The Oboes of Railboad Tele»raphebs, 
Mo. State Ufe Bldg., 
St. Louis, Missouii. 



Whereabouts of Jerry Paul Donohue 
last heard from in Ogden, Utah. "Jerry, 
if you see this please write immediately. 
Important." Fix^enoe Butlee, 
123 S. Bunker Hill Ave., 
Care Rowan Apt. 28, 
Los Angeles, Gal. 



Information concerning Operator T. J. 
Kane. Worked for Northern Pacific at 
Chestnut, Mont, about 17 years ago, and 
later for the Santa Fe in New Mexico. 
Was with Missouri Pacific Ry. and a 
member of Div. 31 during 1918, giving 
address at that time as General Delivery, 
Memphis, Tenn. Information concerning 
him, recent or otherwise, regardless of 
its nature, should be communicated to 
M. J. Kane, 
221 First St., North, 
Minneapolis, Minn. 



Whereabouts of Mack Himter. Last 
heard from working for W. F. & N. W. at 
Woodward, Okla. "Mack, if you see this, 
write me." fJao. Sentell, 

213 N. Pecan St., 
Ft Worth, Tex. 



Whereabouts of my brother, Wm. Fran- 
cis (yBrien. formerly of Co. B, 214 Field 
Sig. Bn. Prior to enlistment was a teleg- 
rapher and worked about two years at 



Alma, Mich. Last heard from in Chi- 
cago about two years ago. His parent*? 
are anxious about him. 

Mrs. Nellie O. Teew, 
2217 Warren Ave., Seattle, Wash. 



Whereabouts of my brother. O. W. 
Arlitt Was agent in 1917 for the 
Wichita R. R. at Elk City, Okla. Last 
heard of with the Western Union at Poca- 
tello, Idaho, but left there eighteen 
months ago. His father is very ill and 
wants to hear from hinL 

W. F. ARLrrr, 
Box 453, Bay City, Texas. 



Present address of W. C. Smith, whc 
was at North Plains, Oregon, in Jan., 
1916, and in December, 1917, was em- 
ployed on the S. P. ft S. at Clatskanie, 
Oregon. 

Stanley D, Vail, 
195 Sixth St., Portland, Oregon. 



Would like to have the address of Mr. 

H. P. Graham, who was a member in 

1916 of Div. 5. Last heard from in 1918 

working for the L. A. & S. L., in Utah. 

F. L. Snodgbass, 

Anderson, Mo. 



Whereabouts of 0. E. O. Robinson. Last 
heard of working at Cosmopolitan, Wash. 
"Otto, if you see this, write." 

A. A. Robinson, 
McGrew Yards, Flint, Mich. 



Agent, Oreana, Nevada, Salt Lake Divi- 
sion Sou. Pac, would like to hear from 
some operator or agent in a town having 
a high school, account my children ready 
to attend and must change. Well pay- 
ing position. Seniority 12 years. 

R. H. LOBAN, 

Oreana, Nevada. 



Address of Agent Scanlon, who worked 
at Rock Creek, Wyo., in 1916. Monev 
from a business deal he was interested 
in awaits his order. 

C. J. HORISKET, 

U. P. Tel. Office, Cheyenne, Wyo. 



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LADIES' 
AUXILIARY 




THOSE MARRIED WOMEN'S JOBS. 



(By Kate E. Carp, President.) 

Millions of homeless workers are cold 
and hungry and in despair. Meanwhile 
great forests beckon to the lumber work- 
ers in vain. No sound is heard from the 
thousands of mills which a few months 
ago were teeming with productive life. 
Great factories, from whose doors flowed 
a constant stream of the necessaries of 
life, are now closed. In other words, we 
are confronted with a most serious in- 
dustrial depression. 

For weeks the kept press has been tell- 
ing ua> through their editorials, how to 
cbmlbat the difficulty. But as usual their 
advise is based on a plan which follows 
the line of least resistance. After camou- 
flaging the real issue at stake, they have 
appealed to the age-old prejudices and 
the overworked sentiment of their read- 
ers. So in this hour of stress, "Make the 
married women stay at home, where they, 
belong," is becoming a popular caption. 

And since all results are the outgrowth 
of ideas, or opinions, it may come to pass 
that married women will be conspicuous- 
ly absent from our industrial field. Some 
of these days some two or three million 
women, a large percentage of them being 
widows, may be forced, by popular opin- 
ion, to deliver their present jobs of cooks, 
maids, biscuit slingers and that ilk to- a 
waiting army of ex-service men. Or, 
perhaps, some husky lumberjacks, by the 
same process, may become pliant stenog- 
raphers. 

But let us not forget that at the same 
time these "forced housewives'* will be 
scabbing on some other class of workers. 
For every time they make a loaf of bread, 
do their own washing, or revarnlsh a 
chair, they help to keep a baker, a laun- 



' dry worker, or a painter out of «nploy- 
ment. 

Irrespective of class, sex, or color, the 
economic interests of all workers are 
identical. Hence, why should one clasd 
of workers be suppressed, or oppressed, 
to benefit another group of equal value. 
Furthermore, it is quite generally con- 
ceded that the further progress of our 
race now depends upon the development 
of women. The time seems to have come 
for women to gain that knowledge 
through industrial and commercial ex- 
perience. So why advocate the depriving 
of the development of such an important 
group? Cannot we say: "We should and 
will, organize industry in such a way 
that every capable adult may be allowed 
to pursue an agreeable and interesting 
occupation, the remuneration for which 
shall not be based on sex distinction." 

If "women's work" were socialized 
most of the tasks that are now performed 
in the homes for nothing would be done 
for wages. Performed more thoroughly 
and more systematically than todasr's 
average housewife is capable of doing; 
them. Then would the mothers of the 
working class be in a position to cease 
being household drudges and be able to 
enjoy at least a few hours each day aa 
real home-makers and interesting com- 
panions to every member of their respec- 
tive families. Women entering industry 
will force this socialization as nothing 
else can. Society never makes a change 
in its written or unwritten laws until it 
is forced to do so. When we commence 
to work in harmony with the law of prog- 
ress, instead of against it, we will, as a 
people, progress much more rapidly. 

EJvery effort is now being made to 
lower the wages and standard of living 
of those who are employed. Small strikes 



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are being encoiiraged by employers, be- 
cause they reaUze that mtan of every 
trade and craft will scab on. their fellow 
strikers at a greatly reduced wage in 
INreference to experiencing starvation. 
The idle worker with a dependent fam- 
ily is more easily induced to commit this 
Grime than is the bachelor, and therefore 
needs greater consideration. 

In some of our western towns we are 
organizing our women to combat the 
scabbing evil by what we term our 
"Helping Hand Circles." A group of 
women interested in labor's cause, pre* 
ferably wives of union men, make a sur- 



vey of the local unemployed. Those of 
us who are as yet not disconnected from 
our bread and butter supply then devise 
ways and means for making the lives of 
the unemployed and their families liv- 
able until honest employment can be pro- 
cured for the wage earners. 

In this way we not only temporarily 
bridge a labor crisis, but we Instill in 
the hearts of all workers concerned the 
seed of labor's freedom — oo-operation. 
Furthermore we are not assi^ing in 
turning the wheels of progress backward 
by contributing to the issue which may 
take married women out of industry. 



EMBLEM BAR PIN 




A new, origiQal and artistic piece of Fraternal Jewelry has juat been procured in a 
Solid Gold Bar Pin, which every lady member of the Order will appreciate, as it is 
practical in addition to beipg ornamental. These pins sell for $5.00 each and, like the 
Emblem Rings, have been placed in stock for the accommodation of members, as the 
orsanization derives no profit therefrom. 

B. J. MANION, Acting Grand Secretary and Treasurer 
Ifo. State Life Bldg., St. Lonte, Mo. 



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A Literary Curiosity. 

A lady occupied a whole year in eearchinff 
for and fitting the following lines from Eng- 
lish and American poets. The whole reads 
almost as if written at one time and by one 
author : 

/ Life. 

Why all this toil for triumphs of an hour? 

— ^Young 
Life's a short summer — man is but a flower. 

— Dr. Johnson. 
By turns we catch the fatal breath and die 

— Pope 
The cradle and the to^nb, alas, so nigh! 

—Prior 
To be is better far than not to be, — Sewell 
Though, all man's life may seem a tragedy ; 

— Spencer 

But light cares speak when mighty erriefs 

are dump — Daniel 

The bottom is but shallow whence they come. 

— Sir Walter Raleigh 

Your fate is but the common fate of all; 

— ^Longfellow 
Unmingled Joys here to no man befall ; 

— Southwell 
Nature to each allots his proper sphere. 

— Congreve 
Fortune makes folly her peculiar care ; 

—Churchill 
Custom does often reason overrule, 

— Rochester 
And throw a cruel sunshine on a fool. 

— ^Armstrong 
Live well — how long or short permit to 
heaven — Milton 

They who forgive most shall be most for- 
given. — Bailey 
Sin may be clasped so close we cannot see 
its face, — French 
Vile intercourse where virtue has no place, 

— Somerville 
Then keep each passion down, however dear. 

— ^Thompson 
Thou pendulum betwixt a smile and tear ; 

— Byron 
Her sensual snares let faithless pleasures 
lay, — Smollett 

With craft and skill to ruin and betray, 

— Crabbe 
Soar not too high to fail, but stoop to rise; 

— Messenger 
We masters grow of all that we despise, 

— Crowley 
Oh, then, renounce that impious self-esteem. 

— Beattie 



Riches have ^ings, and grandeur is a dream. 

— Cowper 
Think not ambition wise because 'tis brave — 
— Sir W. Davenant 
The paths of glory lead but to the grave. 

— Gray 
What is ambition? 'Tis a glorious cheat. 

—Willis 
Only destructive to the brave and great. ' 

—Addison 
What's all the gaudy glitter of a crown? 

— Dryden 
The way to bliss lies not on beds of down. 

— F. Quarles 
How long we live, not years, but action telL 

— Watkins 
That man lives twice who lives the first life 
well. — Herrick 

Make, then, while yet ye may, your God your 
friend, — Mason 

Whom Christians worship, yet not compre- 
hend. —Hill 
The trust that's giv§n guard, and to yourself 
be Just, — ^Dana 
For live howe'er we may, yet die we must. 

— Shakespeare 



Service the l^leasure of Success. 

It isn't the cut of the clothes you wear, 

Nor the stuff out of which they are made. 
Though chosen with taste and fastidious 
care, 

And it isn't the price that you paid; 
It isn't the size of your pile in the bank. 

Nor the number of acres you own. 
It isn't a question of prestige or rank. 

Nor of sinew and muscle and bone ; 
It isn't the servants that come at your call. 

It isn't the things you possess. 
Whether many or little or nothing at all. 

It's service that measures success. 

It isn't a question of name, or of length 

Of an ancestral pedigree. 
Nor a question of mental vigor and strength. 

Nor a question of social degree; 
It isn't a question of city or town. 

Nor a question of doctrine or creed. 
It isn't a question of fame or renown. 

Nor a question of valorous deed; 
But he who makes somebody happy each 
day, 

And he who gives heed to distress. 
Will find satisfaction the richest of pay. 

For it's service that measures success. 

—BoirB Life. 



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Expert at It. 

"Jim married a masseuse, didn't he?" 
*Tes, and she certainly rubs it into 
himr— 'Boston Transcript. 



Floral Logic. 
"AVhat do you think ought to be the 
t3rplcal sinumei* flower?" 
"The ice plajiV— Baltimore' American. 



Condiment for Cold Lunch. 
"What condiment would you suggest 
for a cold lunch?" 
"Why not try chilli sauce?" 



Simple. 
Slow— "What brought you here?*' 
Swift— "The train." 
Slow— "Yes, but what motlye?" 
Swift— "The locomotive." 



A Collector's Life. 

"1 suppose in the collecting business 
nearly every man you go to see asks you 
to call again?" 

"Ask me?" replied the collector. "Some 
of them dare me!" 



Rapidly. 

"Here's a philosopher sayB that riches 
are relative. That is, if everybody was 
wealthy a dollar wouldn't buy a match." 

"Well, we're getting to it:'— Louisville 
Courier^oumah 



Some Memoryl 

"Mamma," said Elsie, "George Wash- 
ingtcm must have had an awfully good 
xnemory." 

"Why. Elsie?" 

"Because, Mamma, every place I go I 
see a monument dedicated to his mem- 
ory."— T^ic American Legion Weekly, 



Punctiliout« 

Porter— Miss, your train Is- 



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Passenger — ^My man, why do you say 



your train, when you know it.belongs to 
the railway company? Porter — Dunno, 
Miss; why do you say my man, when you 
know I belong to my old womaa? — Lon- 
don Tit-Bits. 



Ready to Oblige. 

"Now, Ada, I want you to show us what 
you can do tonight We have a few very 
special friends coming for a musical eve- 
ning." 

Cook— "Well, mum, I haven't done any 
singin' to speak of for years, but as you 
Insists upon it you can put me down for 
•The 'Oly City."— London Passing Show. 

Thoroughl^red American. 

"I want & pair of shoes for this little 
girl," said the mother. 

"Yes, ma'am," answered the shoe clerk. 
"French kid?" 

"Well, I guess not," was the irate an- 
swer. "She is my own child, bom right 
here in St. Louis." 



Going the Limit 

"I am glad to see you are free from 
that conceit which prompts professional 
Jealousy," said the man who assumes a 
patronizing and paternal manner. 

"Well," said the young actor languidly, 
"to tell the truth. I haven't seen any ac- 
tors whose work suggested any reason 
whatever for my being Jealous!"— Jlfinne- 
apolis Tribune. 



Simile. 

An aged officer was one day visiting 
the trenches somewhere in France when 
a written message was handed to him- 
Not having his glasses he held the pa- 
petrs first far, then near, but could not 
read it. Handing them to a soldier who 
was standing by he said: "Read this for 
me, my man." 

*T can't sir," said the soldier, "I'm as 
Ignorant as yerself, air."— Irish World. 

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FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS. 



Every well-managed business house 
takes an inventory periodically to ascer- 
tain the financial condition of the firm 
and TThat stocks are on hand. 

So do thinking individuals and mem- 
bers of the Order of Railroad Teleg- 
raphers find themselves in as bad, if not 
a worse, financial condition at this time 
than that in which they found them- 
selves during 1917, when wages were in- 
adequate to maintain a decent American 
standard of living. 

It would be impossible to cover all the 
changes which have taken place since 
1917 in the short space available, but it 
is possible, however, to present briefly 
certain important concrete facts relative 
to them, and to draw the conclusions sug- 
gested by these facts. If the facts are 
truly stated, and the conclusions drawn 
are correct, some light will be thrown on 
the question whether there is any justi- 
fication for a decrease of the too meager 
earnings of railroad ^nployes. 

As the business condition of a mer- 
chant is told by his inventory — stocks on 
hand and their value — the same is true 
of individuals; by what they have been 
able to save, and the value of their assets. 

During 1917 the cost of living arose 
sixty per cent, while wages increased on 
but a few railroads, and in no case suffi- 
cient to equalize the constantly rising 
living costs. So it was necessary for em- 
ployes to draw upon funds saved by for- 
going actual necessities — dollars saved 
when each represented a purchasing 
power of one hundred cents. As the cost 
of living increases the purchasing power 
bf a dollar decreases, and thus it is ap- 
parent that the employes lost in two 



ways; namely, a decreasing purchasing 
power of their savings which they were 
compelled to draw upon, and the delayed 
increase in wages which did not keep 
IMice with the cost of living. 

As so ably stated by President Man ion 
in his presentation to the United States 
Railroad Labor Board, May 1st and 3rd. 
1920, which was published in the May is- 
sue of The Railroad Telegrapher: 

"The wage problem was acute before 
this country entered the war and our 
entering the war with resultant further 
increases in the cost of living inaug- 
urated the plan, as an emergency or war 
policy of adjusting wages on the basis of 
increased cost of living. To continue 
such a basis as a standard upon which to 
predicate wages would penalize our craft 
upon two unjust grounds; first, because 
we were upon an exceptionally low and 
inadequate scale of wages before the 
war; and, second, for patriotically ac- 
quiescing in a bare subsistence standard 
of compensation during the war. 

•*Our condition has been deplorable un- 
der this principle of wage adjustment 
during the war, and moreover it is eco- 
nomically unjust and unsound, for under 
its application men who work for wages 
or salaries could not go forward; they 
could not improve their economic status. 
This principle provides for a perpetua- 
tion of pre-existing standards of living 
with no possibility of improving the 
original standard. 

"In 1915 the average rate of pay for 
our class of service was |72.00 per months 
or $863.76 annually. Extensive investi 
gations of typical family budgets disclose 
that thirty-three and one-third per cent, 
or one-third, of all families receiving in- 
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that time were underfed; those receiving, 
eight to nine hundred dollars per annum, 
22 per cent were underf e<3(, and that those 
receiving from nine hundred to one thou- 
sand dollars per annum, nine per cent 
were underfed." 

This, then, is our pre-war standard: 
earnings of emftployes in our class prior 
to the war were barely sufBcient, if they 
were sufficient, to maintain a physical 
existence — no surplus available for recre- 
ation, education, maintenance for health 
and comfort or provisions for old age. 
And to secure a bare existence an em- 
ploye could lose no time on account of 
sickness or other absence from duty. 

A study of our present wages develops 
that eighty per cent of our employes re- 
ceive less than seventy cents per hour — 
sixteen and one-half per cent receive the 
minimum rate — our average dally rate 
of pay for all classes is $5.32. From this 
daily average, the earnings annually as 
computed by the United States Railroad 
Labor Board, 306 days of 8 hours, would 
be $1,627.92. As a matter of fact, how- 
ever, no man in reality would be able to 
work 306 days a year as this condition 
would assure complete immunity from 
sickness and the entire absence of any of 
the ordinary vicissitudes of life. 

A living wage, one which enables the 
worker to supply himself and those de- 
pendent upon him with sufficient food to 
maintain life, health, shelter from the in- 
clemencies, with sufficient clothing to 
preserve the body froih the cold, and to 
enable persons to mingle among their 
fellows in such ways as may be neces- 
sary In the preservation of life, with a 
sufficient surplus above to provide for 
recreation, education and provisions for 
old age, is therefore the only equitable 
point of view for our guidance in fixin? 
salaries and wages. The living wage is 
no longer a controversial issue; it has 
been accepted by the best opinion in tae 
leading industrial and commercial na- 
tions of the world; it has received the 
approval of our Government during the 
war in the principles which were pro- 
claimed by the President for the guid- 
ance of the War Labor Board. It was 



embodied in the Treaty of Peace as a 
guiding principle in the new era of in- 
dustrial reconstruction; It was accepted 
and recommended by the President's In- 
dustrial Conference and given a practical 
application by the President's Bituminous 
Goal Mining Commission. 

In conclusion, a readjustment of wages 
falls hardest on groups receiving low 
earnings; they have no surplus of ia- 
come beyond the essentials, food, shelter 
and clothing; they have no margin of 
safety above these items which those of 
larger earnings devote to amusement 
recreation or minor comforts of life; in 
other words, they practically have to cur 
tail their means of actual subsistence; 
it would mean inability to purchase 
clothes of the proper warmth and tex- 
ture for comfort, and a failure to secure 
the proper nutritive values in foodstuffs, 
no provisions for education or old age. 
We secured, it is true, increases during 
the war, but we suffered severe losses 
during the interval between increases 
when prices were sky-rocketin.? far in ad- 
vance of wages, and which decreased the 
purchasing power of our earnings and 
our savings during this period, and, 
finally, when it is recalled that our pre 
war rates of pay were exceedingly low 
and inadequate, the economic plight of 
the members of our organization, should 
a wage reduction be made, is too appar 
ent, and such a reduction should be, and 
will be, resisted to the fullest extent. 
(Signed) "Seedy." 



THE INDUSTRIAL WAR. 



Committees representing capital with 
all its powerful influence are now con- 
sidering the advisability of negotiating 
with the executives of organized labor 
before reducing the wages of the em- 
ployes. 

The capitalists seem to be awakening 
to the fact that co-operation with labor 
is their only avenue of escape from hav- 
ing the laborers take over the means of 
production as they did in Italy. 

This is a wonderful change from a few 
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capital arranged the wages of employes 
at will, seemingly caring nothing for the 
men whose families were dependent on 
them for their daily bread, as long as 
they could live in luxury and send their 
children to college, while those of the 
laboring men went from the cradle to the 
coal breakers, factories and sweat shops. 

Brothers, don't be deceived, the leop- 
ards have not changed their spots. These 
committees of capital are representing 
the same heartless and selfish autocrats 
and plutocrats, only in a different way, 
because the former plan is no longer 
feasible. The Intelligence and powerful 
influence of organized labor make It nec- 
essary to empjoy different tactics in or- 
der that their holdings will not be im- 
paired; hence these contemplated meetr 
Ings with the leaders of the forces that 
do the work. 

The leading spirits in this cunningly 
devised plan to entrap organized labor- 
ing men are scholars of the late Divine 
Right Baer, the bitter and avowed enemy 
of organized labor, and they are simply 
following in his wake, endeavoring to 
carry out the same nefarious machina- 
tions with 'respect to labor organizations. 

I had some experience with this class 
some years ago, when our Order was de- 
moralized and driven off the properties 
controlled by them and knew the men 
personally who at that time went out 
along the line intimidating the men and 
requesting them to withdraw from the 
Order. The sume ofllcials and their hire- 
lings, or their successors in office, seek 
revenge because we have again organ- 
ized, contrary to their wishes, and we 
should not allow history in this respect 
to be repeated. They are standing ready, 
if the outcome is in their favor, to cut 
wages and enforce conditions of hard- 
ships equal to, if not greater than, any 
we were obliged to suffer in the past. 
Therefore, we must be on our guard 
when we go into these negotiations, and 
stand as one man from the Atlantic to 
the Pacific, backed up by the resources 
of our Order in defense of the brothers 



on these coal-carrying roads, where, I 
believe, the first attempt will be made 
to test our strength. 

An Old-Timer. 



INFORMATION DESIRED. 



As president of the Telegraph Opera- 
tors' Section of the Victorian Railways 
Union, composed of 15,000 members, I 
desire to obtain information regardini? 
train operation on the different railroad 
systems in the United States. 

In Victoria, we run our trains — ex- 
press, mixed and freight — on the abec- 
lute block, double line block, and staff 
and ticket. In reporting trains, the sta- 
tions send a report "start report" and 
"arrival" when they arrive. The lesser 
stations send a "road side." These re- 
ports give us all particulars of move- 
ments, so our head office running room 
can keep tab on the working or mov* 
■ment of the trains. 

The information I desire is" to ascer 
tain what forms are used iu the Unitea 
States in keeping tab on a lot of trains 
spread over a number of different line** 
Do you have a big board, giving partial 
lirs as to each train and movement? Are 
the particulars of each train and its load 
telegraphed to the control room? I am 
anxious to find out if we can improve 
on our style or method of train cperatioi? 

It will be appreciated if some of the 
telegraph operators in the United State*^ 
will send me copies of the various forms 
in vogrue on their side of the Pacific. To 
those who write me I will be glarl to ex- 
plain in greater detail our telegraph serv- 
ice and working conditions on the Vic- 
torian Railways. Briefly, we receive 
double time for Sundays, a six-hour day 
and a six-day week. Our continuous 
night and day service is operated on a 
six-shift basis. 

Louis J. Mooke, 
I*resideut Telegraph Operators' 

Section, Victorian Railways Union, 

"Avalon," 6 Bertram St.. 
Gardenvale, Victoria, Australia. 



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Sprinofleld, Mass., Div. SB. 
C. d p. Diviaion, B^ d A. R. R.— 

Co-operation invariably wins, hence Sis- 
ter Robinson, second Jamesville, married 
Engineer tL D. Anderson, December 29 th, 
and Sister Sibley, first Worcester Station, 
married Conductor P. E. Worden, Jan. 12th. 
Division No. 88 to a member wish the happy 
couples long and prosperous years of joy and 
bliss in their new relations. After their 
Southern trip the newlyweds will reside in 
Worcester, Mass. The employes in and 
around Worcester presented Sister Sibley 
with a large electric floor lamp and a twenty- 
dollar gold piece. 

Notwithstanding the fact that station 
agents received a week and in some cases 
ten days pay in lieu of their 1918 vacation, 
some are so selfish and narrow minded that 
they have not handed in their promised ap- 
plications. John D. is tight, but he cannot 
tiold a candle to some of the employes in 
the station and telegraph service on this 
road, and it might be advisable to offer a 
prise to the member who can secure the ap- 
plication of Eugene Rivers, Tower 41, so we 
could rightly claim Springfield all positions 
9oUd O. R. T., in the same class with 
Worcester. 

The weather seems to have confined the 
West End boys so closely to their offices re- 
cently that they have been unable to culvlse 
08 how things are going out that way. 

We are glad to see Dispatcher Lou Pen- 
noy^r back from undergoing an operation in 
the hospital and hope his health will con- 
tinue to improve. 

Subscribe for ''Labor/' Machinists Build- 
ing, Washington, D. C. It publishes weekly 
a great deal of congressional and labor news 
that we do not get in any other paper. 

"Jaket," Cert. 404. 



Virginia, Minn., Div. 127. 
Duhith, MiMsahe d Northern Ry, — 

Bro. N. R. Miller, agent Iron Junction, on 
two months leave to points in California, was 
relieved by Bro. C. S. Ross. Bro. Miller 
writes that the country around Long Beach 
la wonderful, explains the system of planting 
as a continual occupation, harvesting one 
crop, and the planting of another. The tem- 
perature was just 80, and on the morning 
his letter was received it registered exactly 
30 degrees below zero at Albom. Harvest- 
ing ice is the occupation in this vicinity at 
present 



Bro. and Sister Graves are also visiting in 
California. 

Bro. J. W. MiUigan is on a trip to points 
in Canada, Washington and Texas, Bro. 
Clark relieving. 

Bro. Granger, agent Marble, has pur- 
chased a new Scripps-Booth car and is right 
up to date. Bro. Hill had more business 
than he could transact with one car, so 
bought a Chalmers seven-passenger. That's 
the boy to go riding with. 

Bro. Thomas, relieving agent, is having 
trouble with eyes and is laying ofT to give 
them medical treatment. * 

Bro. C. A. Lindrud is at Payne and Bro. 
Josh Fiola, Hull Junction. Bro. R. Li. Ells 
to Interchange at "VR," and Bro. T. A. 
Clark to *'JC" until opening of ore season. 

Bro. T. A. Clark spent New Year's Day 
with me. 

Good attendance at Burnett meeting, Jan. 
9th. It was a fine start on the new year. 
Let's keep it up. A good looking yearly re- 
port goes in, full 100 per cent membership, 
and a healthy looking treasury, with all ac- 
counts paid. 

Bros. Mead and M. J. Johnson, official 
force, Mlssabe Junction, invaded Alborn, Jan. 
9th, dined with Bro. A. M. Maloney, and 
broke their New Year's resolutions by 
smoking a few dream sticks. 

Thanks to Bro. Ross for notes. If a few 
more would become interested in the write- 
ups I would probably be able to do Justice 
to this correspondent job. 

L. J. Brousseau, S. and T. 



Hamilton, Ont, Div. No. 156. 

The mild winter weather prevailing in this 
section almost makes us forget there is a 
coal man. 

We all wish Bro. Roy Richards, operator 
and ticket clerk, Dunnville, and bride a long, 
happy life. 

Bro. Potticary, who assisted Bro. W. Mal- 
colm at Coyle several days, is now relieving 
agent at Fenwick. 

Our Aberdeen brothers have moved Into 
their new, up-to-date office. 

It is now Bro. Earl Smith at Brantford 
nights, and B. C. Hitchcock on third Coyle. 

The regular monthly- meetings are being 
held again on the second Sunday of each 
month in the same place. Show your loyalty 
by attending as often as possible, thereby 
keeping in touch with the activities of our 
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Remit your dues promptly and keep in 
good standing. 

Thanks for the notes, Bro.' Smith, we would 
like to have more. Cbrt. 68. 



in our midst waived his right of seniority in 
favor of a married man younger in seniority. 
That's fraternity. jCbrt. 2588. 



Grand Trunk Ry., DIv. 1. 

Chicago DitHaion — 

Bro. W. G. Miller bid in Davison third. 
Bro. F. L. Beck with, second Thornton Junc- 
tion, bid in third Sedley, vice Lewis, going to 
second Thornton Junction, and Bro. J. D. 
Bodley, second "WI" Battle Creek, bid in 
third Nichols Yard, Hammond going to sec- 
ond "WI." 

Bro. L. C. Darr, agent Mishawaka, at- 
tended the agents' staff meeting at Durand. 

Bro. W. W. Booth, second Charlotte, was 
relieved several days by Extra Herrick. 

Bro. E. D. Fero, agent Crumstown, was 
called from his pleasant dreams at midnight. 
Jan. 16th, on account of a derailment there. 

Bro. J. H. Crandall, third Bellevue, off on 
account of sicknes, relieved by new man. 

S. N., 1968. 



Ottawa, Division No. 1, 90th, Slst and S2yid 
DistHcta— 

The • new schedule became effective last 
period. Let's not be too impatient about 
when the 'back time will be forthcoming. 
There must be an enormous amount of figur- 
ing in connection with it, which takes time, 
as it comes in addition to the routine work 
of the accounting department. We are ex- 
pecting to receive our copies of the new 
schedule and seniority list almost any time 
now. 

Bro. Milligan, relieving the dispatchers at 
Ottawa, has returned t<^ Eganville. and Bro. 
McNamara is back on second. 

Most of the brothers fortunate enough to 
secure relief for the holidays headed east as 
soon as released. Des Ritchie was seen in 
Ottawa, adding to the problems of the traffic 
cops. 

St. Polycarpe Junction station burned 
down recently. Those of us who have suf- 
fered at the "diamond" can imagine what a 
beautiful conflagration it made. Coto Junc- 
tion station had a narrow escape when an ex- 
plosion in the lighting plant blew out a wall 
at the east end of the station. Two men were 
seriously injured there. Tony Lapalme was 
missing for a few minutes, but showed up 
for the car report. 

Bro. E. Rickerd, receiving agent, is back 
on the Job again after several weeks* illness. 

Several of the boys have delayed business 
lately by using ground wires on their boards 
and neglecting to take them off. This prac- 
tice should be discontinued. It may get some 
of us in trouble.. 

Rockland Station will probably be closed 
shortly. Owing to the campaign of economy 
now being conducted and the close of the 
holiday season, several brothers are tem- 
porarily out of Jobs. A real worthy brother 



Grand Trunk Pacific, Winnipeg to Watrous — 

Glad to see our old Pembina friend, Bro. 
Graham, back again now at Pope nights. 

Bro. Bradley is back from a trip to Van- 
couver. * 

Chief MacDonald was surprised Christmas 
with a nice club bag from his "boys." We 
have a good chief and we know it. 

Bro. Billings came back again and bid in 
Quinton, It's about time Bros. Hues and 
Phillips were also getting back. 

Bros. Theriault and Bent are counting the 
days until the automobile season. It's such 
nice weather even the correspondent wishes 
she had a Ford. 

Nobody has said a word about news. 

Cebt. 2103. 



"Big Four" R. R., DIv. 3. 
E, I. d T. B, Division— 

Our new assistant chairman, Bro. Green, 
agent-operator at Elnora, is a "live wire" 
and a "booster" for our organization. Gen- 
eral Chairman Bro. Whalen called on him at 
Elnora recently and went over conditions on 
this division in general, and some of the old 
grievance cases will be disposed of at once. 

Each staMon will shortly be supplied with 
a copy of our schedule, which took effect 
Oct. 1st, 1918. Examine your copy over 
carefully. It will no doubt contain a rem- 
edy for any ailment you may have. Each 
employe affected has access to it. Agreeable 
to Bro. Whalen's suggestion, the proposed 
meeting at Washington will not be called 
until later, as he would be sewed up in Cin- 
cinnati on grievance work and could not be 
with us as he wished to at our first meeting 
if it was called at the time first suggested. 
It will be of interest when called to all who 
can possibly attend, whether a member or 
a non, as we have some very interesting 
points to discuss. 

Agent D. O. Wright, a new man at Buck- 
skin, and Extra West at Cory, will soon take 
out a card, also C. N. Gulmore, third Elnora, 
soon as he gets a pay day, and Jbhn Mc- 
Kintosh there is filling out Ills application 
for an annual. Cory has been made a nigtit 
office with Rip West on second and Summers 
on third. 

Bro. Harry Kemper, at Somerville, will 
soon be a busy man if the new strip mine 
leaves his station as now planfied. Bro. 
Frank Fine has his hands full since the new 
mine started at Rogers. 

Bro. C. C. Schmuck, agent Oakland City, 
is being relieved by Bro. E. S. Helrstlne, 
agent at Elnora for some 20 years, when he 
went into the lumber business and is now 
back working extra. 

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& position at the First National Bank ninety 
days, relieved by Loftis, from the Southern. 

Bro. John Kinchfreff, whose father was 
accidently killed in the new Atlas mine at 
Petersburg recently, w'as relieved by Bro. 
Tip Kiefer, the tigent, a few days. We tender 
our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved rela- 
tives. 

Bro. John Bradfield, on third Petersburg, 
an old-timer, who has tried almost every 
road, sajrs it pays to carry an up-to-date. 

Bro. Jasper Bennett, agent BlackbOrn, was 
before the Federal grand jury at Indianapo- 
lis a few days in Judge Anderson's coal in- 
vestigation. 

Washington is now solid. Agent R. Allen 
on first ; Wilson, second ; Foust, a new man, 
on third. Just lined up. 

Bro. Sheets succeeded Abe Horner, agent 
Plainville, who went to California. 

Bros. Inman, Newl>erry and Brown, at 
Bllifiton, are having their hands full with 
the coal drags, wreckers and derailihents. 

Bros. Hubbell, agent, and Kaiser, first 
Worthington, will soon hrfVe McKintosh, sec-' 
ond and York third. 

Someone please advise me if the three 
operators at Clay city are carrying cards 
or not. 

Hostettler bid In Saline City agency. Bro. 
C 6. Jackson, our live agent at Riley, will 
no doubt line him up. 

From Elnora south this division is nearly 
100 per cent solid and we must get busy on 
the few nons on the J^orth End. I have been 
appointed correspondent for this division and 
will thank any of you who will send me 
some notes. . L. R. Duo an, Cert. 1091. 



C^ St. P., M. & O. Ry., Div. 4. 

Northern Division — 

One of our best attended and most inter- 
esting meetings was held in Masonic Tem- 
ple, Spooner, the evening of Jan. 10th, with 
JT ^embers in attendance, including the 
general chairman and the general secretary- 
treasurer. 

After lengthly talks by Bros. Mitchell, 
Tenney and Liddane the members were 
called upon to express themselves, an oppor- 
tmiity which most of them availed them- 
selves <9t. 

These meetings are the greatest educator 
this organization has. It gives the mem- 
bers an opportunity to learn just what is 
going on, to express ourselves on things of 
interest to us, and get clear on anything per- 
taining to the schedule which we do not 
understand. We also become more closely 
associated with each other. Every member 
should attend, as this is the best organizer 
the organization has today. 

The election is now on for officers to 
handle your business the coming two years, 
also for a delegate to the biennial conven- 
tion In Savannah, Ga., next May, and a care- 
ful selection should be made, as through the 



actions of this representative will depend, to 
a great extent, tlie future progress of the 
Order. 

If your present representative is serving 
you in a satisfactory manner he should be 
returned to office, but if you are not satisfied 
with his work, someone else should be elected 
in his stead. 

Due to depression in business four tele- 
graph ofllces were closed recently, the Incum- 
bents exercising their rights, displacing the 
youngest employes holding assigned posi- 
tions, as provided by the schedule, a teleg- 
rapher displacing a telegrapher, a station 
agent displacing a station agent, an agent- 
telegrapher displacing an agent- telegrapher, 
an interlocker displacing an interiocker, etc. 
As the positions abolished noted were teleg- 
rapher's positions, the only members who 
could be displaced were telegraphers, al- 
though we had two affent-telegraphera hold- 
ing assigned positions who were younger In 
the service. 

"VVTiile the wave of business depression has 
affected our craft the least of any of the 
railroad workers as to reduction in forces, 
yet we should be continually on our guard 
and see that our agreement is lived up to in 
every Instance. We can best show our 
strength by giving organization our undi- 
vided support, meeting every obligation 
promptly, never wavering a moment and 
thus taking a chance of losing that which * 
we have attained after so many years of 
hard woiRk, and even sacrifices, on the part of 
the members. See that your neighbor's as 
well as your own dues are paid up to date 
at all Umes, as through this medium alone 
can \ve expect to have our interests safe- 
guarded. 

A brother was recently dismissed from the 
service owing to his treatment of fhe public, 
a seeming Indifference to his work and his 
general moral character. Such cases are 
very distasteful for your representatives to 
handle. We cannot protect a member proven 
guHty of such charge. If we attempt to do 
so we would soon lose all the prestige we 
had with our company officers and be handi- 
capped in legitimate cases which come up 
from time to time. This organization does 
not pretend to protect its members when they 
are in the wrong, and cannot ask the com- 
pany to reinstate our members in cases of 
this kind. The organization does and will 
protect its members when they have been 
unjustly dealt with by the company officers, 
but cannot do so when they are in the wrong. 
The new members, especially, should take 
note of this. 

An epidemic of the old-fashioned "grippe" 
has been raging in this territory for some 
time, compelling a goodly number of our 
members to lay off, while others have held 
on by mere grit, trying to avoid giving up 
and taking to their beds. An open winter, 
slushy under foot, is mainly the cause. 

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Business is picking: up some after one of 
the slowest seasons in years, due to the 
warm weather, no demand for coal ship- 
ments, and the high price of coal demanded 
on the head of lakes docks, while coal from 
other regions can be purchased for from five 
to seven dollars a ton cheaper. This, cou- 
pled with very little snow, putting a damper 
on the pulpwood and lumber business, has 
brought business almost to a standstill. 

The membership of this division wish both 
Mrs. and Mr. Waltman. of Cable, happiness 
and prosperity and the best there is in life. 
The former was Sister Delia Mertaugh. 

We welcome Bro. Q. E. Nordholm, formerly 
dispatcher at Spooner, back into the Order 
again. He was laid off on account of poor 
business. **X," Cert No. 320. 



Eastern Division — 

The membership of this division held a 
session at the K. C. Hall, Eau Claire, Wis., 
Sunday, Jan. 9th, attended by thirty-one 
members, including General Chairman Lid- 
dane. General Secretary and Treasurer Ten- 
ney and Bro. Head from general office, St. 
Paul. The main topic under discussion was 
the economic status of the Nation and the 
proper relation of telegraphers to it, very 
thoroughly expounded by General Chairman 
Liddane, who has given much recent study 
to the points involved. 

The meeting was also ably addressed by 
Bro. Head, who gave a historical resume of 
the accomplishments of the Order in con- 
nection with his experiences therewith. He 
drew some interesting contrasts, which im- 
pelled a feeling of gratification for the re- 
sults obtained by our chairman and com- 
mittees, considering the fact that we are too 
prone to grow impatient with the progress of 
negotiations. Through the earnestness of 
Bro. Head we were brought to the realiza- 
tion that we have traveled a long way on 
the rdad toward the alleviation of hardships 
which have beset us sorely in the past. A 
more powerful home-driving argument for 
solidarity has scarcely ever been presented 
to the membership. 

Our genial secretary and treasurer, Bro. 
Tenney, ushered an era of good feeling into 
the meeting as much by his irridescent smile 
and captivating address as by the substance 
of his speech. Any non who can resist Bro. 
Tenney's gentle persuasion must Indeed be 
Incurable. We confidently assert that many 
of our present members on the various divi- 
sions have been won to the Order by his 
sympathetic understanding of the viewpoint 
of the non-member and his power of per- 
suasion, always devoid of illwlU. This In- 
troduces a point well worth consideration, 
in contrast to the all too prevalent method of 
using sarcasm. When Bro. Tenney brings a 
man Into the Order he stays because he 
wants to. 



All told, this was the most seriously con- 
sidered meeting we have had in many days, 
and with the following good reason, to-wit : 
We were cheered on by the gracious pres- 
ence of Sisters Solum and Dumpff. Meeting 
was adjourned at 5 :60 p. m. 

Bro. R. S. Roe, for many years agent 
Hudson, was placed on the pension roll, Jan. 
1st. It Is almost impossible to think of the 
city of Hudson without its bringing to mind 
the name of Bro. Roe. His long and faith- 
ful service, frequently punctuated by the 
originality of this "old-timer," mark - an 
epoch In the history of this division. We are 
loath to see him vacate the position, but feel 
that he has Indeed earned the reward of 
surcease from the many cares incident to the 
superintendence of the station of Hudson, 
and, although hereafter a stranger will gill 
the "Stuarts Throne," our best wishes and 
never failing remembrance shall follow 
H. S. R. into nls retirement 

Bro. Kottke, second Hudson, is holding the 
lid at Hudson since Jan. Ist pending final 
assignment of the agency during this period. 
Bro. Schribner, from general office, St Paul, 
relieved Kottke, later being relieved by Bro. 
Engebretson, third Hudson, whose vacancy 
has been filled by Bro. Peterson. 

Bro. Mills, second Altoona, journeyed to 
the Twin Cities to have his eyes treated, be- 
ing relieved by O. R. Bergman, erstwhile 
coal king of Eau Claire. 

Brothers, we must not give the nons a 
moment's rest until they see their way clear 
to join this great organization of ours, which 
has accomplished more for Its members than 
any other organization in existence. 

Bro. Gerth, second Levis, on a visit at his 
home near Fairchild and a trip to Chicago, 
was relieved two weeks by Comeillisen, a 
new man, who later relieved Bro. Waldum 
on third several nights while Al took in the 
sights in the Twin Cities and while he was 
on the sick list, then relieved Bro. Wry, third 
Northline, who went to Hammond agency 
pending bids. 

Bro. Kneer, third Altoona, who spent sev- 
eral days with relatives at Eau Claire dur- 
ing the Christmas holIdayTs, and Bro. Tracy, 
first there, while relieving Burgar, first fiau 
Claire, were relieved by Bro. Tyle» 

Bro. Lang, second Stillwater Junction, was 
a Twin City caller recently, and Bro. Allen, 
agency Rusk, oflC a few days for dental work 
and sickness of wife, were relieved by Sister 
Solum. 

Bro. Kielty, who relieved Gray, first Shep- 
part, a week, later relieved Bro. Mulhollan 
at Elmwood. 

Our heartfelt sympathy is tendered to 
Bro. O'Shaughennesy, of Eau Claire River 
Bridge Tower, owing to the death of his 
mother, December 27th last 

Bro. Jarvar, second Milwaukee Crossing 
Tower, and Bro. Probll, second East St Paul, 
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Johnson relieving the latter, later relieved 
Sister Lockwood, Minneapolis, nights, on a 
trip to Chicago. Bro. Pribil, again talcen 
aick, was relieved by Sister Nelson, from the 
Western Division. 

E. G. HuGDAHL, "N," Cert. 128. 



Watem Divition — 

General Chairman Liddane and General 
Secretary and Treasurer Tenney attended 
the E&u Claire meeting, Sunday, Jan. 9th, 
and Spooner, Monday, Jan. 10th. They re- 
port a splendid turnout and much enthusiasm. 
They also attended one at Emerson, Sunday, 
Jan. 23rd, and flniehed the series with an- 
other at Mankato, Sunday, Jan. 30th. 

Sister M. Walvrood, Minneopa, will spend 
the month at her home in Wisconsin, and 
Bro. Heller, agent Minneopa, is being re- 
lieved there by Bro. W. N. Benton, both on 
account of sickness. 

Sister T. W. Enns, who recently fell off 
the semaphore staff at Minneopa, was so 
painfully injured that she was obliged to go 
to her home at Butterfleld. 

Bro. Alvord is back on St James side 
wire after a two weeks* siege with the small- 
pox, relieved by Bro. W. F. Walker, relieved 
by Sister G. Blanchard. 

The economy wave took ten of our sched- 
ule jobs with it. Business was never before 
in the history of the Omaha as slack at this 
time of the year. 

Bro. E. K. Hughes, relieved at St. Paul 
Shops by Bro. Kaudy, on bulletin, relieved 
Bro. G. E. Price at Belle Plaine, who re- 
lieved Bro. Sisterman as agent a few days. 
Bro. Hughes later relieved Bro. Tenney at 
Mankato a few days, who was relieved while 
attending the meetings at Eau Claire and 
Spooner by Sullivan, from St. James. 

Slater Pfalf and McCarWiy attended the 
"trainmen's annual ball" at St. James,. Jan. 
24th. 

Bro. J. A. Axt is now agent at St. Peter, 
and Bro. Wennemark, relieved by Bro. J. J. 
QustafT at Lewlsville, has gone to Amboy. 

Bro. and Mrs. C. N. Frank have returned 
to Le Sueur from their honeymoon. Bro. 
Frank was relieved by Sister Severson while 
away. 

Bro. T. A. Ross opened Bitter Station as a 
telegraph agency pending its assignment. 

Bro. and Mrs. J. F. Jansen of Madelia 
have returned from their holiday trip to Bro. 
Jensen's people in Canada. Bro. Cochrane 
pelleved Bro. M. E. Howe on second. 

Bro. Richmond, first Lake Crystal, is still 
off on account of the rheumatism. Bro, H. 
Warner relieving on first, with Bro. Reed on 
second. 

Have you paid your dues yet? Remem- 
ber, Feb. 28th is the limit and you should 
make special ettoH to see that your local 
dues are in Bro. Tenney's hands, and the 
Matoal Benefit assessments in St Louis be- 
fore thit ttflM. 



Bro. Tenney covered the Western Division 
last month, securing fourteen new applica- 
tions. We now claim to be the best organ- 
ized division in the United States, and, we 
believe. In the whole organization. Not a 
non on the division. In percentage we now 
stand 114 per cent strong on account of hav- 
ing a greater number of members than sched- 
uled positions. The general percentage for 
the entire division No. 4 is better than 107 
per cent 

Bro. W. G. Sinn is back on first Blue 
Eartli after a two weeks' absence, Bro. Sev- 
erson resuming on third and Sister Barnort 
going on extra list 

Sister Molner has resumed on second 
Ottawa, vice Sister Metzke. 

Bro. S. D. Fahey attended the trainmen's 
ball to take care of some of the sisters who 
attended. "Sully" always shines In this line. 

Sister Magnuson of Ashton was married 
recently to a gentleman of Ashton. We wish 
them a successful journey on the sea of 
matrimony. 

Sister J. L. Mahon has resumed second 
Sioux Falls, vice Sister Blanchard. 

Bro. L. M. Lend way has gone to third 
Merriam, Bro. Phillips returning to Shakopee. 

Bro. W. I. Pattinson from Welft relieved 
Bro. A. R. Tabert at Jefllers, on a month's 
leave. . cbrt. 827. 



Nebraska Division — 

We have but one non-member on this divi- 
sion, E. R. Herdman, First* Street, third 
trick. All our efforts have proven fruitless 
in trying to make him realize that the only 
thing preventing a reduction in his pay, as 
well as ours. Is the fact that we are organ- 
ized. About every paper we glance at now- 
adays tells how the wages of some weakly 
organized or unorganized workers have been 
reduced. 

Alx>ut the first thing that a non at heart 
looks for, after repeated efforts upon the 
part of the local chairman to line him up, is 
an excuse to keep out, and when no other is 
to be had he offers the time-worn excuse of 
a small child, ill-treatment at the hands of 
that official. 

Miss Julia Schwartz, who recently relieved 
Bro. Shearer at Emerson, is reported as go- 
ing to Pipestone, Minn. She also persistently 
refuses to join the Order. 

Bro. Bowen, Wayne third, relieved recently 
by M. J. Ney, from the D. & R. G.,...Tv^,r 
promises to join soon. .,^^,5 .^.. 

Bro. Sadil, Wakefield, visiting relativfa^In;* 
Plattsmouth recently, relieved by Bro.viDIeh^.i T 
Bro. Buckley on second there. .[f ,>jf 

Bro. Babcock, at Bloomfield, whiere tJaia 
smallpox Is thickest, who succeeded! ii^\\ge|- • 
ting U, is being relieved by Bro. HoiidtCroan • 
the U. P. Haven't heard whet^o* gBrOiti 
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Bro. Olson, Oakland, was relieved a few 
days by Bro. Blackwell, later to Tekamah, 
thence to Craig. 

Business is about as g^ood as usual on this 
division. 3everal helper and cleri«al posi- 
tions have been abolished and hours of 
agents and telegraphers changed to >eUminate 
overtime, but no positions have been abol- 
ished. C. J. Wkyqandt. 



Union Pacific R. R., Div. 6. 
Kanaaa Division — 

We hope the convention in May will be 
able to dispose of the United States mail 
proposition. The writer is now handling 
several cases of eggs at a time by parcel 
post, those rates being cheaper than express, 
and the agent carries them from the post 
office to trains free of charge. 

The ballots are now out and nominaUons 
will be made before this reaches the broth- 
ers. We should vote for the men best qual- 
ified to fill the various offices. 

Salina "DI" fourth has been abolished on 
account of slack business, bumping Bro. 
Jerome Dreiling to extra list 

On account of force reduction, Bro. Sum- 
mer field went to Holmesville agency, vice 
Bro. Landreth to Funston, vice Bro. C. A. 
Martin, back to Kansas Division. Bro. Rob- 
erts is back at Barneston agency. 

Bro. Martin, LilMs, is absent on account of 
the death of his sister. Llllis second dis- 
continued, the agent working overtime to 
take care of trains. 

Bro. Coberly^. Tescott, sick, is ' being re- 
lieved by Bro. Wilson, relief agent 

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8t. J. d G. I. Ry. Division— 

Bros. Gibbs, Hiawatha : Burke, Sebetha ; 
Nichols, Seneca ; Arnold, Hanover, Ewers, 
Fairbury; Elliott, Glenvil, and Mr. Larson 
of Fairfield, attended the meeting for **Cau8e 
and Prevention," held in Marysvllle recently. 

Bro. Bell, second Carleton, has returned 
after 60 days' vacation. 

Bro. Hargis, E:ndicott. spent the holidays 
visiting his folks at Highland, being relieved 
by Extra McFaraty, formerly cashier. Fair- 
bury. 

Brothers, keep after the few nons on the 
G. I., and don't give theiA any rest until 
they join and we have a 100 per cent mem- 
bership. If you don't know who the two 
delinquents are, ask the local chairman, or 
myself. Those of you working next to the 
"newcomera" on the line should see that they 
carry an up-to-date, or get one first pay day. 
It's now Bro. Potter, third Seneca. 

Bro. Haxton is back at Upland Heights 
after being laid up several weeks with 
"smallpox." Bro. Sadler, who relieved Bro. 
Fitzgerald thore several weeks, is now re- 
lieving Bro, Longmler, first "YD," Marys- 
vllle, 



Don^'t forget the date, June 16th. If you 
don't know what's going to happen then, ask 
Bro. Tryon, at "YD." Marysvllle. Bro. 
Moyer, second there, visited in St Joseph 
recently. Bro. Truesdell, agent Marysvllle. 
spent Christmas with his son, Sidney, in 
Chicago. 

Bro. Powers, a new man, relieving on 
t^ird Sabetha for some time, is now reliev- 
ing Bro. Hawthorne, first Hastings, for 30 
days. 

All employes were relieved as far as pos- 
sible during the holidays. 

Bro. Buchanan, agent at Alexandria for 
30 years, bid in third Sabetha. 

Brothers, dont neglect your dues. Only a 
few more days to pay them for the period, 
Jan. 1st to June 30th. Also remember, un- 
less your Mutual Benefit assesments are 
paid before. Feb. 28th you become delinquent. 

As I don't get to hear all the happenings 
on the line, send me all the "news" you 
hear of, for the write-up, so as to reach me 
not later th£m the 13 th of each month. 
Thanks to the local chairman for notes re- 
ceived. 

Dispatchers Morse and Webb have been 
let out at Marysvllle, the East and West 
Ends consolidated, making only one dis- 
patcher district for the G. I. and U. P. 
branches on the Central Division, third 
trick. The dispatcher hasn't time to call 
now from five to thirty minutes every time 
he wants to put out a "9." Get on the job. 

CORRECTION— Ifs Bro. Bell, second 
Carleton, instead of Bro. Birch, third Carle - 
ton, as we had it in January write-up, visit- 
ing points West 

General Superintendent Plumhof made a 
trip over the Central Division recently, also 
Superintendent Hedrix, latter checking up 
station forces, which resulted in a number 
of clerks' and helpers* Jobs being abolished, 
Hanover, Carleton and Fairfield first. The 
agents at these points now handle the tele- 
grraphing on first along with clerical work. 
"CN," Cert 1128, 
L. Box 32, Hanover, Kan. 

Wyoming Division — 

Bro. H. A. (Did) Smith, for many years 
manager "KI," Laramie, past ten years 
manager Laramie Stockyards, Is on three 
months' leave in California to recuperate his 
health. Bro. Harry M. Lewis, from the 
Katy, is in K. I. extra. 

All are glad to see Peter Groome's ap- 
pointment as assistant superintendent Colo- 
rado Division. He was formerly night chief 
at Cheyenne and chief Green River before 
his appointment as safety agent. 

Chief Dispatcher Robinson and wife, of 
I^aramie, are on several months* visit to the 
Coast for "Bob's health." 

When forces were reduced in "KI." V. M. 
Mooney left for Boise, Idaho. 

It's now Bro. Fields, Ft. Steele, and we are 
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third Rock River, now that he has a regu- 
lar Job. 

We are sorry to learn that Sister Hilda 
Skoserscfn, who became ill about two days 
after she signed up, died December 31st. 
The bojrs on this division donated liberally 
to a flower fund, • |20.25 being contributed. 
The telephone girls from Green River to 
North Platte raised about |15.00 for the 
same purpose. Steps should be taken to 
maintain a flower fund on this, as well as 
other divisions. 

Boys, watch ycwir step. The bond com- 
V&Dj is mighty quick to cancel bonds on the 
slightest pretext. 

Bro. Jack Sanford, first Borie, is visiting 
California and New Mexico, relieved by Bro. 
Randall, Central Division. 

Local Chairman X)sborn has acquired a 
new Nash Six. He will use it the coming 
summer to run down nons. 

Bro. Burri, Archer, and family spent the 
holidays with his parents at Crete, Neb. 

Two tricks cut off at Archer, Sister Rid- 
dle, formerly first O'Fallons, also discon- 
tinued, bumping Bro. Southwick, second 
Granite Canon. 

Bro. Crews, "N," Cheyenne, pulled off, as- 
somed his former position, agent Buford, 
and is moving his family there. 

No news items from East Etod this month. 

Cert. 353. 



Canadian Pacific Ry.r Div. 7. 
VoMcouver Division — 

The last regular meeting held at North 
Bend, Dec. 19th, was an innovation, as we 
had General Chairman Gilbert of Western 
Lines with us. This was his first visit to 
a meeting of tliis division. He addressed us 
for two hours, dealing with the wage situa- 
tion and the negotiations recently closed be- 
tween the company and our Schedule Com- 
mittee. So clear and concise were his ex- 
planations that very little was left to be 
brought out by questioning him after he had 
finished, and we were all thoroughly pleased 
with his remarks. There were only a round 
doaen present, therefore we wish to quote 
the general chairman's explanation of the in- 
creases given the terminal operators. 

In the argument before the ofilcials of the 
company it was held that we were entitled 
to the application of Supplement No. 8 to 
General Order No. 27 in the United States 
as was applied on the Southern Pacific Ry. 
That supplement carried Increases from an 
overtime basis only, and those who worked 
the most overtime secured the greatest In- 
<Tea8e. On the S. P. it was given to the 
men who earned it, and the committees were 
not allowed to pool the increase and dis- 
tribute ft over the various divisions. In our 
caf*. we were given an a4ditionaI increaso 
of three cents per hour for everyone, and 
while we were not bound to give It to those 
who had earned it, exclusively. It seemed only 



fair to give the men who had earned it a 
greater portion than those who had not, 
therefore the recommendation of our Sched- 
ule Committee to increase the terminal men 
was carried out. Our local chairman was 
not in possession of the information as to 
the reason for this at the tkne the distribu- 
tion wajB made, and considered it unfair un- 
til he heard Bro. Gilbert's explanation. 

Bro. Gilbert's visit is the first we have had 
from a general otflcer for five years, prob- 
' ably because we are so far West in the geo- 
graphical plan, but we hope, having been 
with us and seeing that we do not wear 
horns nor carry firearms, that he will give 
us the benefit of many visits in the future. 

We regret to record the death of Bro. 
James Cornelius Hallisey of Vancouver, 
B. C, one of the pioneer members of the 
division, which occurred on Dec. 11, 1920. 
He came to the division In 1884 with the 
construction of the telegraph line through 
the Rockies, and after its completion of the 
line took the position of lineman at North 
Bend, where he remained until a year or 
so before he was superannuated by the com- 
pany and retired on a pension In 1911. In 
the early days on the division It was Bro. 
Hallisey who kept the boys lined up and 
did so much to create interest in the Order 
as he circulated among us looking for wire 
trouble. The writer first met him in 1899 
and is indebted to him for many favors and 
courtesies. His loss is keenly felt by all 
who knew and worked with him. He was 
an up-to-date member at the time of his 
death and 'carried class "C" certificate in the 
M. B. D. of the Order. The members of the 
division extend their sincere sympathy to 
each member of our deceased brother's fam- 
ily. A wreath was provided by the division 
for his funeral. 

A number of assistant agents working on 
the line, not members of the Order, are en- 
Joying all the same benefits from increased 
wages and better working conditions as we 
are. Brothers, get busy on them. If they 
persist in staying outside, impress upon 
them how pleased you would be if they would 
secure employment on some unorganized 
road, if they can find one. There are also 
three actual nons on the division, one you all 
know. The other two are backsliders, who 
do not appear to realize the duty they owe 
their fellows unless someone is constajitly 
reminding them of it. They have all ac- 
cepted the increases, and you should not give 
them any rest until they line up. 

Keefers, nights, closed again, Bro. Mc- 
I.<?aac bumping third Walhachin. Reduced 
one man at Spences Bridge, Agent W. S. 
Clark now working first, Bro. Gunton, sec- 
ond, vice Bro. .T. D. Thompson, who bid in 
Walhachin agency. Bro. F. D. Thompson, 
Cranbrook Division, recently bid in first 
trick, dispatcher's ofllce. North Bend, and Is 
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Bend, is being relieved three months by Bro. 
Purdy. Spare men are getting nervous as 
work is looking pretty scarce until spring. 

Brothers, now is the time to keep or- 
ganized. Our every endeavor will be re- 
quired to hold what we have, should prices 
of commodities ever reach even approxi- 
mately their level of pre-war days. Don't 
complain and argue, but sit tight; keep 
cheerful ; pay your dues and jolly the fellow 
who makes his kicks to yoi^ by asking him 
if he would like to go back to the days of 
135.00 to 156.00 per month, when there was 
so much discussion of the $75.00 minimum. 
Do you recollect those days? 

I wish to extend our sincere thanks to 
Bro. Gilbert for his visit to the division, and 
assure him of a welcome every time he 
comes, which we hope will be often as he 
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Revelatoke Div. — 

In the representative crowd of telegraphers 
that turned out to honor the visit of General 
Chairman Gilbert of western lines at our 
meetings in Revels toke, January 12th, were : 
Bros. Haney, Ketcham, Milton (local chair- 
man) and Timms; Dispatchers Woodall and 
Costain ; Linemen Shaw and Wetherly ; As- 
sistant Agents Ingle and Maloney and Agents 
Spoart, Reddish, Williams, Wilson and Phil- 
lips of the garden variety. 

Bro. Gilbert, at some length but with in- 
teresting sequence of data and corollaries, 
led our unflagging attention through that 
historical epoch which marked the toils and 
vicissitudes of our last schedule committee 
in arriving at the present creditable wage 
scheme. 

The general chairman succinctly outlined 
the basic principles advocated, fought over 
and flnallly adopted, to assure each depart- 
ment of the Order its merited increase of 
pay and status of living conditions, although 
the latter, for sundry reasons which the 
l>rother pointed out, instanced no glaring 
departure from standards hitherto obtain- 
able. 

He strongly urged immediate attention to 
that small matter of **| 10.00 per telegrapher" 
as collateral for individual appreciation. Its 
scope being more concrete and particularly, 
the general chairman insisted, its default, in 
the light of a general rule must precipitate 
a material raise in telegraphers' yearly dues 
in order to avoid an unfavorable balance 
sheet. 

Other items of business transacted at the 
meetings included one whose novelty resolved 
itself into the pertinent conundrum, "When 
is a trainmaster not a trainmaster"? Nobody 
bit. The import of the problem, however, 
being in the nature of a "leading case" and 
all-including in its application. A maximum 
attendance Is requested at the next general 
meeting when the local chairman with dis- 



interested finality purposes "putting the ques- 
tion". 

Bro. Dorsey has been appobited to Glen- 
ogle; Bro. Cottlngham. regular, displaced 
Riggs on second "V". latter "passed 
through" ; and Bro. Ireland went to Taft 
third, Salmon Arm open; exit OttertalL 
Correspondence for Bro. Curran may be re- 
directed, "try Hotel Vancouver". 

Bro. Jim Woodall, Golden, bid in line- 
man's position at Nelson. The brother is an 
old-timer on this division and we wish him- 
self and family success in the metropolis of 
the famed Kootemays. 

Bro. Bill Wyeth, lineman, is now tem- 
porarily at Glacier, thus supplying Bro. Ingle 
and all concerned with their winter's food 
for thought. Apropos, Bill is also peddling 
food for recalcitrant hens; Bros. Wilson and 
Dorsey should look into thiiu ' 

Bro. Bain, of "AC", springs another sur- 
prise : His tenor solo at the last Y. M. C. A. 
concert drew plaudits for four encores. 
Rather than that such obvious talent run 
to seed, wouldn't it be feasible for the 
"Mountain Gossip Club" to stage something 
convivial in the near future. With the aid 
of the club's orchestra, Bro. Dave Webber, 
leader, and Bro. Spoart, el(ectr)ocutionist), 
the monotony of our breed of winter might 
be affably mitigated? Think it over Bro. 
Stevenson. 

H. G. Reddish, Cert. 3782, Golden, B. C. 



Members Moose Jow Div. — 

I wish to convey to you through The 
Tbuboraphbr my sincere thanks and hearty 
appreciation for the generous gift presented 
me on Christmas eve. I have done no more 
than any local chairman who has the wel- 
fare of the Order at heart would do, and am 
only too willing to do my duty. Let me 
assure you that it was not the money I so 
highly appreciate, but the spirit in which It 
was given. It certainly gives me every en- 
couragement and leads me to believe that I 
have the co-operation of all, without which 
my efforts would be in vain. I will endeavor 
to do my best to maintain the high standard 
of efficiency that this division is noted for. 
and at the end of my term I hope* your 
confidence in me will remain unshaken, and 
you will feel that your trust in me has not 
been misplaced. 

Wishing you all health and prosperity 
throughout this coming year, I am 
Fraternally yours, 
J. A. Mbrklbt, Local Chairman. 



Moose Jaw Div. Notes — 

Local Chairman Merkley was given quite 
•a surprise on Christmas eve. when after he 
had finished his trick at 16 :00 he was called 
Into the trainmaster's office where a few of 
the telegraphers had assembled. After well 
chosen remarks by Bro. J. S. Branston, be 
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niUon of the true and faithful service he had 
rendered during his term. 

Bra Merkley had not the slightest idea 
of what was going to take place, but soon 
recovered from his surprise, and thanked the 
members present for the gift; only regret- 
ting, as he knew it was impassible for all 
the boys of the division to be present so he 
could thank each one personally. 

Bro. Maynard and fcimily left the first of 
the year to spend the winter in Florida, ai/d 
Bro. Watts and family a few days ago to 
spend the winter in Vancouver. 

We extend our congratulations to Bros. 
Piatt, Sarka and Zealand, recently married. 

Bro. Dye has been appointed reli^ dis- 
patcher, Regina division. We all wish him 
success. 

Bro. Newell has left for Rochester to 
undergo an operation for stomach trouble. 
We hope it will be successful and that he 
will soon return in perfect health. 

Our local chairman is well pleased the 
way the boys are rerouting the 110.00 asked 
for by our Schedule Committee, and also 
tbt dues for the current term. 

Cbrt. No. 8427. 



SoBkatoon Div.-^ 

Now that the wheat rush is over the boys 
are coming along with the necessary, which 
win enable us to have a regular write-up. 

Our candidates have been nominated and 
we should all do our duty by casting an 
intdligent vote. 

It is with deepest sympathy that we learn 
of the loss to Bro. and Mrs. J. Clark (E3ve- 
Bham) of their little son, Jack. Bro. Pace 
is relieving Bro. Clark, who we hope to soon 
hear back at the key again, as he has been 
under the weather for some time. 

Sorry to hear of the illness of Bro. Cam- 
eron (agent Balcarres), and hope for his 
speedy recovery. 

Bro. Jimmie Trupp is back at Hardlstry 
after a six weeks' visit with relatives in 
England. 

Bro. Houston and family are away en- 
Joyhig the sunny Southern clime, Bro. W. 
Willis relieving at Perdue. 

Bro, Murray Dickson and family are away 
for a month visiting relatives and friends in 
Gastem Canada and United States points, 
Bro. Meisner relieving at Biggar with Bro. 
R. C. Bays as operator there. 

Bro. H. A. Tiers spent a month including 
the Christmas holidays visiting relatives and 
possible future relatives in Ontario. 

Bro. Dave and Mrs. Ross (Lanigan Days) 
spent a month in good old New Brunswick, 
Bro. Curran relieving. 

Bro. Willis relieved Bro. Boruff, on a trip 
to the coast. 

Bro. Boyle spent Xmas with relatives at 
ShAo* and Bro. Christenson (first Wynyard) 
*nd wife in Shaunavon visiting Conductor 
and Mrs. A. F. McDonald, Bros. Townsena 



and March doubling first trick during the 
tatter's absence. 

Bro. P. Sevick is at Foam Lake nights. 

Bro. J. V. Martin (Insinger) attended the 
Shrine meeting in Regina during December, 
relieved a few days by Bro. Sevick. 

Bro. J. R. Chambers (Colonsay) has in- 
vested his back pay In a "home" where he 
can rest in peace after his daily toil, away 
from the sound of the eastbound rush of 
wheat trains. 

Your assessment in the Mutual Benefit De- 
partment of the Order must be paid before 
February 28th or you become unflnancial and 
your beneficiaries unprotected, even if your 
division dues have been paid. 

We trust no brother agent will be put to 
hardship through the laying off of his assist- 
ant agent now that the reduction in staff 
has commenced. Do not overlook the very 
important clause in the Schedule on this 
subject, but make use of it if you have a 
case. Cbrt. 2800. 



Schrcibcr Div. — 

The winter rush since navigation closed 
made it necessary to put on another set of 
dispatchers, and open offices at Finehill, 
Ruby and Hemlo, second Middleton and 
Caldwell, giving some of the spare and new 
meji steady Jobs. Bro. Dyer went to first; 
Bro. C. J. Campbell to second, and Bro. Joe 
Campbell third temporary at Schreiber. 

Bro. McCormick and family, Heron Bay, 
spent the Christmas holidays in the East 
with relatives, relieved by Bro. Hendry, and 
Bro. C. J. McDonald relieved Bro. Noonan, 
second WTiite Rivfer, who also -went Bast for 
the holidays. He has started a jazz class 
there. Bro. Bourelle, first there during the 
slack season, takes the place of the clergy 
and helps to bury the dead. A relief party 
had to shovel Bro. J. G. Lawler there out 
of his domicile during the last snow storm. 
Luckily he had plenty of food and drink in 
his cellar. What about that O. R. T. supper 
that was to be staged there? 

Sister Mary MacBean, Jack Fish, who 
spent the Christmas holidays with her 
father at Dorlon, and sister in Port Arthur, 
called on Sister Hamel at Pearl, enroute. 
The latter spent New Year's with her sister 
at Harkett. 

Bro. NIcol, agent Jack Fish, has returned 
from a visit with his daughter East, bring- 
ing back his wife and two boys, who have 
been visiting relatives at Sherbrook, etc. 

Bro. Jack McKenitt, Gumey, spent Christ- 
mas at his home in Almofite, relieved by Bro. 
McCann. 

Bro. Chartrand has resumed duty at King 
after a pleasant trip to Montreal and vicin- 
ity, accompanied by his wife and little 
daughter, "Polly". Bro. John Campbell Is 
busy there preparing his fox pelts for the 
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Bro. Jack Downey, third Peninsula, vis- 
ited friends in Port Arthur and Pprt Wil- 
liams during^ the Christmas holidays. 

Bros. Ferring and Guse doubled at Novil- 
lees a few days recently owing: to the illness 
of Bro. Lepage. 

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Bro. 
Hawke and family in their recent sad be^ 
reavement owing to the death of their little 
daughter, "Alliston". 

Thanks to the brothers who sent me notes 
for this write-up. Kindly continue doing so. 
I hope the other brothers and sisters also 
will follow their good example, so we can 
be represented in these columns more fre- 
quently than heretofore. Cbrt. 2375. 



Montreal Termiiial Div. — • 

We have now entered a new year, and, 
undoubtedly, have all made good resolutions 
to do our work well in order to merit the 
confidence of our superiors and in regard to 
the fraternal feeling we should have for our 
fellow workers. Our strength lies in unity. 
This can only be attained by eliminating all 
indilference from our ranks. We all know 
of indolent ones on our division who are 
content to profit by the benefits received 
from the organization without contributing 
to its support. We must not cease in our 
efforts to arouse them to a sense of their 
duty. A few words from you would do 
much toward awakening their interest 

I have now reached the close of my term 
as local chairman, and my great desire is 
to see our division complete in wide awake 
active membership. 

Bro. P. Fournler spent a few days af 
Montmagny. 

Bro. N. A. Damour, of Highlands, has been 
nominated for aldermar. in Ville Lasalle in 
the coming municipal election. We wish him 
success. 

Bro. A. Lefebvre, Higlilands, was off re- 
cently on account of sickness. 

Bro. O. P. Landry is making good as third 
supervisor. 

Bro. J. D. Beaulieu visited his folks at 
Alfred a few days recently. 

Bro. Madge has third Adirondack. 

Would like to get some notes from Bro. 
Morln, Jac. Cartier Jet., for the next write- 
up. I hope we will not be disappointed. 

J. H. Laporte^ Cert. 1547. 



New York Central R. R., Div. 8. 
Syracuse Div. — 

Bro. C. W. Reynolds, operator and signal- 
man at SS-42, Corfu, N. Y., died Monday 
morning, January 10, after a long illness 
from Bright's disease. He was taken sick 
February 12, 1920, and confined to his bed 
most of the time until relieved by death. 

Bro. Reynolds was born la Bethany, N. Y., 
on March 13, 1873. He moved to Corfu, 
N. Y., 27 years ago and took a position as 



operator in a tower, which he held until he 
was taken sick. He was one of the oldest 
employes in the Signal Department, a pro- 
ficient and reliable operator, and a member 
of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers for 
several years. 

The funeral was held from his late home, 
Thursday afternoon, January 14. Bros. Mc- 
Manus, Flaherty, Bunting and Mansell, act* 
tng as pallbearers, laid the remains away in 
Evergreen Hill cemetery. 

The floral offerings were majiy and beau- 
tiful, among them a beautiful wreath from 
the members of System Diviston No. 8. 

Mrs. Reynolds desires to thank the mem* 
bers ^ for their, assistance during her hus- 
band's illness and the beautiful floral offer- 
ing presented at his funeral. 

W. P. llkliBWUs. 

Hudson Div. — ^ 

After about four months' illness Bro. K 
P. Groves, of S. S. 41, passed away at hla 
home in Garrison, N. Y. He was the second 
oldest operator on our seniority list and was 
always a good, and faithful member of the 
Order. A number of the brothers attended 
the funeral, and the Order sent a beautiful 
pillow of flowers. 

Bro. Hallenbeck, acting first trick dis- 
patcher, was called home last week on ac- 
count of the death of his mother. 

We are very sorry to hear that Ous Osa- 
man, our first trick dispatcher, has had to 
be taken to Saranac Lake for treatment, and 
hope he may be benefited and restored to 
good health again. 

Bro. Wm. F. Lockard, with seniority dating 
February, 18D7, has resigned and gone to 
make his homo with his daughter in Moody, 
Texas. We were all sorry to see William 
go and hope that he may have the best of 
luck and happiness in his new home. 

At the last regular meeting Bro. P. P. 
FYaleigh was unanimously nominated for 
local chairman and delegate to the conven- 
tion, and Bro. J. T. Belle w for alternate 
delegate. This being the fifth consecutive 
time Bro. Fraleigh has been the choice of 
the mtmbers to represent them, is surely a 
compliment and shows their appreciation of 
his services the past eight years. 

We voted to send Christmas baskets to 
our sick members, Bros. E. P. Groves and 
E. S. Kenyon, and have received letters of 
appreciation from both, expressing their 
thanks for the Christmas cheer it brought 
to them. We also made the usual fiaoney 
donation to the Salvation Army for its 
Christmas cheer to the poor of the city. 

Bro. Oldenwater is assistant agent at Cold 
Spring, and Bro. PL R. Murray on second 
S. S. 50, both temporary. Bro. Bumpster 
going to S. S. 54 pending bids. 

We note three brothers, L. B. Gaedke, P. 
Fay and J. T. Bellew, on the roll of honor 
in the company's magazine last month for 
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Bro. L. B. Gaedke was off a few days re- 
ctDily on acount of his brother's body, Lieut. 
W. A. Gaedke, formerly chief dispatcher and 
trainmaster on this division, being brousrht 
from France and buried in the Arlinerton 
cemetery at Washington, D. C. 

Some of the railroad officials who favored 
the Elsch-Cummins bill now want to deal di- 
rectly with the men, instead of the Labor 
Board created by that law. 

F. P. F., Cert. 149. 



Electric Dw.— 

There has been a big reduction in the force 
vliich did not miss our department, but our 
regular meetings are showing activity and 
we have a one hundred per cent solid divi- 
iton. 

At our last regular meeting Local Ctiair- 
man Moss was renominated, and Bros. Hol- 
loran and Bell were nominated for delegrates 
and alternates. 

The smoker and chowder party in our 
lodge rooms February 9 th was an all-day 
session from early morning to late at night, 
and everybody was welcome. Tickets sold 
at fifty cents to cover expenses. Details next 
write-up. Our treasurer, Bro. C. P. Johnson-, 
for selling the largest number of tickets re- 
ceived an emblem watch fob, and our trustee, 
Bro. M. Hirschfleld, a Waterman fountain 
P«i for selling the next largest number. 

The displacement ball is starting to roll, 
but we hope it win be short lived and things 
will soon turn for the better. 

Our new brothers on this division are: 
Young, CostlQW, Donahue. Maher, Boland, 
Paloff, Clark and Howie. 

Bro. Hirschfleld on his honeymoon trip 
West looked up Bro. Frank Lester at Chi- 
cago, who was in the best of health and 
sent us his best regards. He has been grreatly 
missed at our turkey drawing, chowder sup- 
per, etc., and at our coming chowder party 
the musical talent he supplies, with his own 
good cheer axi^ funmaking, will be more 
tlian missed. We all wish him success ; also 
to Bro. Studley, who resigned Croton agency 
to become the manager of the Co-oi>erative 
Stores, Incorporated, of Croton, recently. 

Sister McKcon rs6igned recently to become 
a real housewife. Congratulations. 

Bros. Wood, Holloran and Comisky, the 
cnlj' members on the sick list so far this 
winter, are all back at work in good form 
again. 

Pay your dues and M. B. D. assessments 
Wore Feimiary 28th, thus retaining your 
membership and benefits and don't forget to 
attend regular meetings. Bbij.. 



Buffalo Dtv.— 

Let us all resolve to be 100 per cent 
efficient, as weU as 100 per cent union and 
<iemand imion made goods wherever we or 
our families trade. If the members of the 
unions would fight as hard for closed shop 



products as calpitalists fight for the open 
shop goods, the misnamed "American Plan" 
would soon be nothing more than a mem- 
ory, and the workers would be getting their 
share of the profits from what they produce. 

When you are about to buy a hat, a pair 
of shoes, or gloves, or a can of tobacco. If 
they do not have the union label on them, 
don't purchase. Tell your storekeeper that 
you make your living in a union occupa- 
tion, that it's against your principles to 
spend your earnings for any other than 
union made articles. If he won't then secure 
union made goods for his customers, tell 
him he cannot have your trade nor that 
of any one else you can Induce to buy 
elsewhere. You will have very little trouble 
in finding a dealer who doed or will handle 
union made goods. If you demand them In 
this fashion, and your old dealer will be 
glad to stock up on them in order to retain 
your custom and that of your friends and 
acquaintances, whose trade you can easily 
control if you explain the difference to them 
in the union made and sweatshop goods. 

Back up your committeer by paying your 
dues promptly and seeing that your neighbor 
member does likewise ; otherwise you are 
simply playing into the hands of the corpo- 
rations^ and if you will allow a non to 
criticise the work ot your committee, without 
a protest you are Just as bad as he is. 

We are all glad to see Bro. Lane back 
with us again, and although we miss Bro. 
John Leo, who bid in ChurchvlUe Junction, 
we all wish him success. He was relieved 
on third Seneca by Bmerling, a new man. 
You brothers near him don't forget to hand 
him an application blank first opportimity, 
and also remember that Oillman, Tonawanda 
Junction, and the nons at Seneca tower neea 
our attention in the same manner. 

Bro. Buckley worked as second dispatcht^r 
in the terminal several weeks recently. . 

Bro. Johnson, Bayview, bid in first "FO". 
Bro. Lane, who relieved at Bay View while 
Shay was attending an investigation, also re- 
lieved me here several days. 

Bro. Dewolfe bumped Bro. Ganskow off 
third Tower T, and the latter then relifved 
Bro. Farrell, several weeks on the sick list. 

Mail your notes to me at R. F. D 1, Lack- 
awanna, N. Y., or phone them to me at Bay 
View tower. G. D. Miller, Cert. 2771. 



Philadelphia A, Reading R. R., Div. 10. 

Harrishurg Division and General Notes — 

Attendance at meetings on ,the various 
divisions is picking up but can stand a lot 
of improvement. On the Shamokin Division 
the boys on the north end are to be com- 
mended for the way they attend the morning 
meetings at West Milton. On the south end 
the Tamaqua morning meetings are not any- 
thing like they should be, and while therp 
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miss a lot of faces we know could afford 
this couple of hours once a month. Upless 
the boys wake up the Shamokin meetings 
will have to be transferred to a point where 
we can get an attendance and the February 
meetinsr will decide this. 

The ReadincT Division boys have the ban- 
ner division not only in membership but In 
attendance at meetings, and since they have 
been made a Joint with the P. R. R. Schuyl- 
leill Division so much more so. We sure are 
glad to lift our lid to the •'Dutch". We 
think the W. & C. Division boys don't at- 
tend the way they should, at least those who 
can. Local Chairman Walter is trying to 
arrange Sunday meetings for agents at Read- 
ing, and has the first Sunday in February 
in sight When this meeting is finally ar- 
ranged and held the attendance and senti- 
ment will decide as to whether they will be 
continued. The Harrisburg Division agents 
may decide to transfer their meetings by 
efl^ecting a combination and this would be the 
logical thing to do. This will be taken up 
at the next regular meeting of the agents on 
the Harrisburg J)ivision, third Sunday in 
February. It was pleasing to note the nice 
attendance at their last meeting; also en- 
couraging to note the change in sentiment 
with regard to the agencies taken out of 
the schedule and put on s monthly basis. 

Fourth Thursday meetings in Philadelphia 
covering New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic 
City and relay divisions are not showing the 
attendance these divisions should ; too much 
petty criticism and carping. 

Bro. Undy's pep and brains is in such 
demand by his fellow citizens that he had to 
resign as local chairman, and upon hts re- 
quest Bro. Joseph Cairone, of Richland, N. J., 
was appointed to succeed him and serve out 
his term. We hope the A. C. boys win get 
behind Bro. Cairone and help him keep 
things moving in the live wire way estab- 
lished during Che short time Bro. Undy was 
on the Job. 

General Chairman McNeil had asked the 
Harrisburg Division boys to nominate and 
elect some one else and permit him to get 
a much needed rest but this is one time the 
boys failed to respond behind him and re- 
fused to nominate a man against him. Evi- 
dently they do not agree with certain people 
who can afford time and expense to go up 
and down the system trj'ing to poison the 
membership against him. Rather curious, 
none of the present General Committee Is 
anxious for re-election in face of the claim 
of certain people these men must be licked. 
The boys have all decided to accept nomi- 
nation but not seek it and will only con- 
cern themselves as to the calibre of men who 
will run and are anxious for the Jobs. 

During the present slashing retrenchments 
it is most pleasing to note agents, tower- 
mon and telegraphers are not being touched. 
The reason for this can best be appreciated 



by a comparison of Supplement No. 18 with 
all of the other Supplements. The sensible 
and thinkers among us grasp the value of 
the men who put this Supplement, its inter- 
pretations and decisions across for us. 

Bro. Brewster, "SX", Shippensburg, and 
Wright, agent Bendersville, on the sick list 
are doing nicely and say their rainy day 
pile is going to pull them through the period 
when outgo exceeds income. 

Bro. Bender, Annville, the proud daddy of 
twin girls, is receiving congratulations for 
this slap at the income tax. 

Agent Zinn has his meml>ership application - 
papers and will soon be brother, thus keeping 
the west end clean and inmmculatew This 
also sews up tight all eligible agenta on the 
Harrisburg Division, except Swatara, and we 
expect to have a pleasing report on this sta- 
tion in the near future. 

Lot of conjecture about the new tower at 
Myerstown, when it will be opened, what It 
will pay and if it will be advertised. As to 
the first question it is hard to say and 
especially during the present let down In 
traffic. The other two questions are amply 
covered by the schedule in Article 11, Sec- 
tion (c) and Article VI, Section (b). It is 
interesting the number of men we meet who 
have no knowledge of the rules they are 
working imder. This should not be, and 
anyone not having a copy of the schedule, 
or having lost one sent them during the 
latter part of 1919, should apply to the 
general chairman, who has some extra copies 
on hand. 

There is a lot of things we would like to 
say BOW but fear they might be upset by 
the time this reaches you on account of the 
proceedings In progress before the LalxM- 
Board in Chicago at this time. We would 
counsel all not to "fall" for all 'the bull" 
they see in the daily press which is more 
or less controlled. The Tbuboraphbr ana 
meetings are the only reliable sources. Keep 
this in mind, especially at Qie present time, 
when so many rumors are fiylng thick and 
fast and are nothing but rumors. 

CWBT. 18S. 

Shamokin Div. — 

Our regular monthly January meeting at 
West Milton did not come up to expectations 
in attendance. I understand some of the 
brothers claim they did not know about it. 
I was very sorry to hear of this oversight 
of mine. I was under the Impression they 
had seen it in Ths Telbqraphbb. 

Our February meeting was held February 
Ist and 2nd. I would like to see a large at- 
tendance at all oiu* meetings, as our general 
chairman always has something to say of 
interest to every member. 

We are glad to see Bro. I. O. Klinger back 
on first Newberry Jet., who has been off 
some time due to a nervous breakdown. 

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A. C. R. ft. D*i7.— 

Bro. Batdorf, third "Kg" tower, Tuckahoe, 
has had an "Areola** system installed in his 
home. No more cold feet around John's 
house. 

Bro. P. J. Sturgis, X office, Tuckahde, 
spent a few days recently with his aged 
parents at Litlta, Pa., relieved by Bro. Elwell 
McNeil. 

Bro. Unay has resigned as local chairman. 
Too much work. We regret very much that 
Bro. Unay's work was so heavy that he 
could not retain the position. Bro. Josepn 
Cairone, agent Richland, succeeds Bro. Unay 
pending the genera} election in March, and 
we should co-operate with him to the fullest 
extent 

Send your note to ine at Lowell Springs, 
and Ipt us have a good monthly write-up. 
Charlks J. CI4ARKE, Cert 647. 



Canadian Government Rys., Div. 11. 
Qu€htc to O'Brien — 

"No news is good news". Not in our dis- 
trict so far. 

Brothers, there is no use discussing around 
the station any disputes regarding our work- 
ing condition. We have had meetings, but 
have been poorly attended. Our last meet- 
ing, held in Quebec, was anything but good. 
Few of the boys between Fitzpatrick and 
Quebec were down, but not at the meeting. 
I am sorry one of them had a few grievances 
to settle, but owing to heavy road he missed 
It At any rate we had a chapter of the 
gospel on our way up from this chap. 

This concerns all the brothers. File your 
application for holidays now. "First in, first 
out", and do not forget that when a legal 
holiday comes in between your holidays it 
is not to be counted as a working day. Lots 
of boys were the loser last year. 

We have only one member who has not 
ret paid his last assessment and he was too 
shy to attend the m«»eting — "not shy of 
money". He has been in trouble before and 
may fall down yet. The local chairman has 
notified him, but lie seoms to ignore it If 
he has no respect for himself, the balance 
have for themselves, and do not intend 
working much longer with that sort of a 
selfish personage. Our Order is not a char- 
itable Institution, and not kept going on hot 
air and excuses. 

Have you read the discussion regarding 
representation at the biennial convention? 
Brothers, it is worth reading, and plenty of 
room for argumi-nt. Why don't some of our 
older members who have attended these con- 
vestions give us their opinion in next Issue. 
S nd it to the local chairman. Argument 
P^it up by a "Steele Penne" is pretty strong. 
Hov, do you agree with him? 

Although we miss the western boys since 
district has been divided, we are pleased to 
»« that the management has gained consid- 



erably on detention, etc. Bro. Arcand work- 
ing first and Bro. Bailly second. 

Bro. Lilly has been transferred from 
Montreal to HN third. 

Parent climate don't agree with "white 
hope". Dave had to pack up his baggage 
and come back to "Hd". Welcome home, 
"Mr. Newly wed". 

Brothers, get after the nons. No excuse 
first month's salary; he has to come across 
or no 'favors. If you are in doubt find out 
how standings are. We are 100 per cent. Let 
us keep at the top, no matter what our ideas 
may be. There was never a man bom to. 
suit everybody. 

We all wish to express our sincere sym- 
pathy to Engineer Henri Cantin, of Bridge, 
in his sad bereavement' Ckrt. 820. 



Delaware &, Hudson R. R., Div. 12. 

Susquehanna Div. — " 

Jaiiuary 8' a car on extra 1215 north 
jumped the track at Unadilla, tearing off the 
front half of the telegraph office, then 
plunged into the baggagemaster's room, go- 
ing through the floor into the basement. 
Fortunately no one was injured. 

Bro. J. E. Pratt Bainbrldge, has a new 
Studcbaker. 

Bro. Reynolds, agent Sanitaria Springs, has 
returned after four months' illness ; his re- 
lief was Bro. Ross, returning to third Schen- 
evus. Bro. Parsons, second Sanitaria 
Springs, was off two weeks recently on ac- 
count of sickness ; and Bro. Benedict, agent 
Port Crane, several days owing to the illness 
of his wife who is now improving. 

Bro. T. W. Hall bid In Otego, days. Bro. 
Mastin, third Schoharie Jet., and Bro. Ball, 
second Cherry Valley Jet. ; Bro. H. A. Allen, 
third Glens Bridge, bid in third dispatcher's 
telegrapher, and Bro. Quackenbuch third 
Glens Bridge. 

Bro. Marshall. Oneonta. during the holi- 
days visited relatives in Canada, relieved by 
Bro. La France, and Bro. G. D. Goodrich. 
Nineveh, visited relatives in Richmondvllle, 
relieved by Bro. Mastin. 

Bro. F. E. Grover was a recent Oneonta 
visitor. Cert. 792. 



Norfolk & Western Ry., Div. 14. 

Radford Div. — 

A very enthusiastic meeting was held in 
Roanoke, Saturday, January 8th, with Gen- 
eral Chairman Calloway in the chair and 
l..ocal Chairman Atkins as stcretary. This 
being the time and place for the annual 
convening of the general committee before 
submitting the proposed new agreement the 
members thereof were all present. Including 
General Secretary and Treasurer George. 

The seniority question was ably discussed 
by Bros. Foller and Braedy, advocating 
seniority without strings to it (1. e.) : Give 
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for« but as the young men feel safely 
ensconced behind the flve-year clause and 
composing the majority, it is useless to think 
of getting the clause changed, though it is 
the laughing stock of all the other brother- 
hoods. 

The restoration of the annual vacation 
proved a live topic, and the meeting voted 
unanimously for the Oeneral Committee to 
use its efforts to have this Incorporated in 
the next agreement. 

Bro. Calloway explained that the delay in 
obtaining pay due. for being deprived of 1919 
vacations was because the road had not yet 
secured the appropriation from the Govern- 
ment. 

The brothers, getting into a reminiscent 
mood, harked back to the Infancy of the 
Order when dear old Bro. Layman was gen- 
eral chairman. The old timers remembered 
when a hotel room was large enough for a 
meeting of the eight or twelve brothers, and 
when operators worked twelve hours for |40 
a month. (Overtime, pro rata, 11 cents an 
hour). Compare this with what one gets 
now and you will see what the organisation 
has done. Bro. Layman always told the men, 
"Better times were ahead". As a special 
mark of respect to his memory, we all arose 
and stood with bowed heads for one minute 
in profound silence that fell like a benediction 
upon us. 

Short talks by many old timers added 
greatly to the enjoyment of the meeting. 

Bro. W. S. Kerr could not find language to 
express himself when called upon, and as 
"sil nee is golden" he was excused. 

Bro. Nesbit reported the death of Bro. A. 
S. Varden, January 7th, an old and faithful 
member, and Bros. Nesbit, Cabiness ana 
Umpstead were appointed a committee to 
draft suitable resolutions of sympathy. 

Bro. F. B. Stafford is back in Park St.. 
after acting as yardmaster at Cowen. 

Bro. A. L. Davis has been made night 
yardmaster at Pulaski. Cbrt. 82. 



Radford Div. Notea — 

We all regret to learn of the death of 
Bro. W. J. Bradshaw, agent Dublin. His 
health has been on the decline for a long 
whil^. He came to this division years ago 
from Florida. The loved ones left to mourn 
his loss have the sympathy of both the O. 
R. T. and the company. Bro. Gardner, from 
second CN, bid in Dublin agency. 

Dry- Branch three trick job discontinued ; 
also 10 a. m. trick. DO Roanoke. First 
Pembroke, discontinued some time ago, has 
been put back again. 

Bro. Frank Stafford, who has been hand- 
ling the movement at Bridge 805 at Pepper 
Tunnel, while the company is erecting a new 
structure, has returned to Park street office 
KD Roanoke. The bridge is about com- 
pleted and will soon be ready for regular 



movement This old structure gave away 
about March or April, 1919, and has since 
been a hindrance to the movement We are 
all glad to see this contract completed, for 
we like to know that the company is mak- 
ing money as well as ourselves. 

Bros. Dlaton, N. C. branch, and H. W. 
Lamb, from Florida, wore recently married. 
Congratulations and best wishes for a long 
and prosperous married life. 

Bro. Q. R. Duncan, first "JC," reported sick 
the 17th. I was called out early to work his 
trick. Hope he will soon be able to return 
to work again. 

Bro. R. C. Parrlsh. first Bristol, visiting 
home folks at Montgomery, was relieved sev- 
eral days by the writer. 

If the boys on the River will send me a 
few items before the 18th of the month. 1 
will send them In. 

RoBBiN Loxa, Cert. 869. 



Roanoke-Hagerstoton Diat, — 

Our division is in fine shape, nearly all 
up to date. Although nons scarce in this 
"neck of the woods", we should lose no time 
in lining up the few among us. The teleg- 
rapher who now remains outside is not only 
unwise but a menace to our general welfare, 
as unemployment is on the increase every- 
where and things are happening to the un- 
organized workers. Only organized labor 
can successfully withstand a downward wage 
movement. 

Bro. Vest, first Buena Vista, relieved sev- 
eral days recently by Bro. Quisenberry, was 
in Roanoke playing a part with the "Shrin- 
ers". 

Bro. Painter, second Elkton, bid in second 
Lithia, and Bro. Bender bid In third Shen- 
andoah Junction, relieved by Bro. Hill on 
second Glasgow, bid In by Bro. Alwln, of 
third there. Bro. Bear, first Glasgow, cut off 
first of the year. Bro. McNeil is now agent 
and operator there. 

Bro. Murray, third Glasgow, relieved 30 
days by Bro. Allison, a new man. 

Bro. Clift, fourth "UD" Roanoke, relieved 
a few days recently by Bro. Altlce. 

Bro. Bear displaced, Mrs. Furbush, second 
Buffalo Forge, who took third Rldgeway. 

Bro. Leslie, agent Nace*, on a trip to Flor- 
ida, relieved by Bro. Southern. 

Bro. Smith, second Riverside, visiting 
home folk at Wythevllle, a few days, re- 
lieved by Bro. Hill. 

Brothers, I was late in receiving my ap- 
pointment Drop me some notes. 

L. G. S.. Cert 333. Dlv. Cor. 



Norfolk Div.^ 

If you will send me some news, will try 
and have something from this division each 
month. 

Bro. A. S. Valden, second Bui^cevllle, died 
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family has our sympathy in their bereave- 
ment 

We had a pretty fair crowd at the Roanoke 
meeting, Saturday night, January 8th, with 
good feeling and bubbling over from all sides 
with brotherly love. Those who stay away 
from these meetings often miss the very 
news they want to hear. We heard somo 
Inside talk" in regard to the wage award, 
vacation pay, and some other things. 

The Big Axe is swinging right and left, 
and nobody knows who will be next. The 
thing to do is for each one of us to go after 
the. nons, and give them no rest until they 
line up. Don*t accept any of those old time- 
worn excuses about a grievance against the 
0. R. T. or some of its officials. 

"D", Petersburg, will be moved at an early 
date to City Pt. Jet tower, thus dispensing 
with three men there. 

Second Waverly tower re-advertlsed after 
being closed before the holidays. 

W. A. N.. Cert 172. 



Atiantfc Coast Line R. R., Div. 15. 
Savannah Diat, — 

The membership in this territory was af- 
forded a great pleasure and honor at the 
meetintr in Savannah, January 21st, by hav- 
ing in attendance President Manion. Those 
of you who did not avail yourselves of the 
(^iportunity of listening to his able and in- 
structive discourse certainly missed a treat. 
Many matters of vital interest not only to 
our own craft, but .to the labor movement 
in general were touched upon, and those 
fortunate enough to have heard them were 
amply repaid for their trip to Savannah. 
Bro. Manion was very well pleased with 
Savannah and the outlook for a. successful 
session of the Grand Division. Bro. Dunn, 
formerly in SF relay office, at present a 
broker man, w^io retains his membership, 
was among those present at the meetinjg. 

A. P. Arledge has returned. He is em- 
ployed on Waycross district and promises 
to soon be with us. 

The list of non members is entirely too 
large in this district. Many of the men who 
persist in remaining out of the organlxatlon 
are holding regrular as well as some of the 
most preferable i>ositions. We must reduce 
this list. I shall expect every member to 
appohit himself a committee of one and 
secure the application of at least one non- 
member. If you don't know them, I can 
readily give you their names.. Get away 
from that spirit of 'Xet George do it". Get 
busy yourself. It would be very pleasing, 
hideed, if we could announce to the hundreds 
of visiting brothers that ours was a "solid 
district". 

Bro. Tyre, a member of this division, al- 
though not a telegrapher and has not worked 
at the profession for two years, is up to date 
an the time. Recently recovering from a 



period of illness, he expects to resume his 
duties shortly. 

Bro. F. A. Foster has resigned and re- 
turned to the Terminal Company, Atlanta. 
W. C. LaFrage, employed on this district 
some years ago, has returned and is doing 
extra work. 

We regret to learn that Bro. Bond is ill 
in Waycross Hospital. 

Bro. Sessoms, Central Junction, was called 
to Asheville recently owing to illness In the 
family. 

Those of you that thought Bros. Farina 
and Crosby couldn't do the "minuet" should 
have been on the street recently and watched 
them "put out." Both are Shriners now. 

The convention convenes in Savannah, "the 
city beautiful", the first week in May and it 
behooves the members adjacent to remember 
that our visiting brothers, families and 
friends are looking forward to a pleasant 
stay among us. We must make every effort 
possible to show them that the claim of 
southern hospitality is a fact and a reality. 

W. A. HOLLAHANj L. C. 



Norfolk District— 

Bro. Weyhr, agent Parmele, was off a few 
days recently, also Bro. Blick, second "MF," 
and Bro. Southerlln. "MY," visited relatives 
in Portsmouth, Va. 

Bro. Grimes, third "GD," who attended the 
recent Shriners' convention at Newbem, N. 
C, bagged considerable quail and a few deer 
during the hunting season. « 

Third Whaley closed, leaving Bro. Ellen on 
the extra list, but as business is picking \ip 
we hope to see him back there shortly. 

We are glad to know that Spring Hill 
agency Is not to be discontinued. Bro. De- 
Brule has been there a number of years and 
we would not like to lose him. 

Bro. Hale bid in Plymouth agency. We 
are glad to have him back with us again. 

Boys, let us have a write-up every month. 
We have not had one for a long time. 

Cbrt. 1312. 



FayetteviUe District, North JBnd— 

Owing to unsettled conditions in farming 
and other industries, numbers of "old-timers" 
are returning to the telegraph service. These 
include Bros. T. J. Daniel, T. W. Fitts, Oscar 
Starling, Norman Lewis, Charlie Creech, 
Tommy Kiser, L. L. Jeffreys, C. A. Bolin and 
J. L. Doggett. Most of these still carry cards, 
but if there is one at your station who has 
"fallen by the wayside," get him in line. 

Regret to learn of the accident to Bro. Ed 
Watson's wife necessitating her going to Wil- 
son Hospital. We hope for her speedy re- 
covery. Bro. Watson was relieved several 
days on this account by Bro. T. W. Fitts, 
who also relieved Bro. M. S. Jones, second 
"TD," while he spent the holidays at home 
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Bro. cut Shuler, attending the Shrlnera' 
convention in Roily, relieved a few days t)y 
writer, and he by L. L. Jeffreys, extra. 

Bro. Josey, Farmer, recently relieved aev- 
eral days by Bro. T. J. Daniel. It is reported 
that wedding bells will mingle their chimes 
with telephone bolls at ''CO." in the near 
future. 

Bro. Joe ESagle, first Kenly, relieved by 
Charlie Creech ten days, spent his holidays in 
Florida. 

Bro. Burke, third Selma, relieved ten days 
by Bro. '^Kiser Bill," third "YD," and by 
Ebctra Proctor. Later Bro. Kiser relieved 
Bro. H. F. Booker, first Elm City, several 
days, owing to illness in the family of the 
latter. 

Bro. Tony Daniel "pulled" Norman Lewis 
from third Dunn, where he had relieved Bro. 
Jesse Ryals, who relieved Bro. Joe Dixon 
on second "X" when the latter took first 
"DI." 

We all extend our sympathy to Bro. Har- 
relson, agent Elm City, in his sad bereave- 
ment, owing to the death of his father. 

Bro. Z. V. Jeffreys, third Contentnea, re- 
lieved several days during the holidays by L. 
L. Jeffreys. 

Now is the most important of all times to 
stay solidly organized. If your dues are not 
paid when you see this In print you are de- 
linquent E. H. JONBS, 

Cert. 347, "First "YD." 



Fayeiteville Diatrict, South End — 

Sellers second opened during winter sea- 
son, bid in by Bro. Burden from Latta. 

Bro. Reinhold resigned to enter school ; un- 
derstand Bro. Stone succeeds him on Row- 
land second. 

Bro. Renfrow, first Pembroke, relieved a 
few days by LaFrage, new man. 

Bro. Chambliss, first Pee Dee, relieved by 
Extra Colbert, on his regular winter hunt. 

The writer on a trip to North Carolina re- 
cently met several of the boys en route in 
person, I am always glad of this privilege. 
I also had the pleasure recently of meeting 
Bro. W. G. Pullln, of the S. A. L., formerly 
with this road, a strong union man and "a 
mighty good fellow." 

A 'circular letter has been received from 
General Secretary Williams, relative to the 
coming election of Local Chairman and dele- 
gate to the convention. Brothers, I believe we 
have as good a man now as we can get. Let's 
elect him again as our local chairman, send 
him to Savannah as our delegate, and support 
him to the limit. I believe our interest will 
bo properly looked after. 

The two new passenger trains recently put 
on keeps the boys pretty busy now, and we 
are glad to note that the complaints are very 
few. "AC," Cert. 806. 



Michigan Central R. R., Oiv. 16. 

Middle Division — 

We are very much pleased to learn that 
Bro. Eagle, who has been sick so lonsT* is 
improving fast that his physicians say he will 
be able to resume duty In "SF" Jackson In 
about a month." 

Our sympathy Is extended to the bereaved 
family of Bro. Hoyland, N. Y. C. Junction, 
who recently lost their 11-year-old daughter. 

Bro. Salter, Kalamazoo third, and Bro. 
Nowlln. second Concord, were off recently, 
also Bro. Selgfrled, Augusta third, and Bro. 
Howell, second Sherwood. Bro. Kamiensky, 
Vermontville, was also off several days, owing 
to sickness. 

Bro. Chapman, agent Parma, relieved Relief 
Agent Webster, several days. 

Bro. Wagner Days Homer, whlie oft sick 
was relieved by Bro. Chapman. 

Bro. Jacobs bid in Onondaga second. 

The cuts now being made gives most of the 
boys on the Grand Rapids and Air Line 
Divisions part or all of their Sundays off. 

Third "AL" Junction. Van Horn, Fabius, 
Colon, and all tricks at Botsford closed re- 
cently. Fourth "SF" Jackson days, pulled 
off. putting Bro. Hafer back on second and 
Bro. Dunning on third. Bro. Scherer taking 
the position as clerk to the Night Chief Dis- 
patcher Wicks. Van Wagnen back to dis- 
patching on account of his health. On ac- 
count of sickness Bro. Worth is dispatching, 
relieved by Bro. Scherer. 

Bro. Moulton relieved Agent Morton at 
Colon a few days. 

I am In receipt of a severe criticism from a 
brother in regard to the first item in the notes 
of the December issue. I am very sorry the 
item was interpreted as it was; however. If 
the brothers will use a few of their spare 
moments and send me notes for our write-up 
it would not be necessary to use the names 
of the "nons" in order to have some news in 
the Journal. So far I have not received a 
note from one of you, yet you expect to see 
this division represented. Honest criticism Is 
helpful, of course, but your assistance might 
make that unnecessary. Scribble down every- 
thing of Interest you hear, such as changes 
In your own or nearby ofllces and send them 
to me as "SF" Jackson, prior to the twentieth 
of each month. J. B. Hapbb, 

Cert. 1330. 



Northern Division — 

Bro. N. L. Ross, agent Indian River, re- 
lieved by Bro. Yahr, owing to the Illness ot 
his father. 

Bro. Harry Creclne, second Wolverine, laid 
up with blood poisoning in his hand, relieved 
by Bro. Pledger. 

Bro. W. J. Cummhigs relieving Bro. Mllnes 
at Johannesburg, a few days. 

Waters and Llnwood second closed. Bro. 
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! new job. Bro. Cole from latter relieving on 

second Frederic. 
i Bra Anstett is back at Grayling^ relieving 

Bro. Qilpin.'who is now relieving Bro. B. T. 
Smith, first Salzburg. 

Bro. Jack Cole, third West Branch, visiting 
at Vassal" a few days was relieved by Bro. 
Ososkl. 

Bro. D. C. Honey, first Standish, is being 
relieved by Bro. Thomson. 

Bros. Rohrer and King, of Pinconnlng, were 
recent Bay City visitors. 

Bro. John Drlscoll relieved Bro. C. O. 
Decker, first North Lansing, a few da,yB, and 
Bro, Bob Beedle, second Lansing, was relieved 
several days by a man from Jacks<Mi. 

Bro. Louis Uberhorst relieved Night Chief 
McCullough while he was instructing on new 
book of rules. 

Two trains on Saginaw and some on other 
divisions taken off and way freights have been 
reduced to fifty per cent schedule, owing to 
light business. Cert. 68. 



Soffinafo Diviaitm — 

Sister E. Malletfe, Chesanlng nights, has 
returned from a pleasant visit during the holi- 
days with her mother and relatives at Inter- 
national Falls, Minn. Thb Bditor. 



Pennsylvania Railroad, Div. 17. 
Atlantic Division^ 

We hope every one will pay their dues 
promptly, keep in good standing, and if pos- 
sible take out an annual. If ever a solid 
membership was necessary it is right now. 
Get the applications of those who promised 
to come' in the first of the year. It is im- 
portant that we help our local chairman to 
line them up. 

Bro. Peacock is a candidate for re-election 
as local chairman. He did all expected of 
him and more, and deserves another term. 
Since it is customary for the local chairman 
to be a delegate, I hope he will also be 
elected to that ofllce, as he is in a position 
to intelligently represent us at the Grand 
Division Convention. We are entitled to two 
delegates on this division, the upper and 
lower end of it having been split into two 
sections, the Camden Terminal boys being 
attached to the lower end of the Trenton 
Division to help them out in getting their 
quota, and we trust every man will vote 
promptly as soon as he receives his ballot. 

By reduction of force, the signalmen are 
losing about nine days a month. This is 
being done to avoid laying off so many men. 
Our department has been fairly lucky com- 
pared with others, although our large extra 
force is only getting a day or so each half 
we look for things to brighten up so they 
will all soon get steady work. 

The New Jersey Division Veterans' Asso- 
ciation, a social affair among the older men 
composed of those over 21 years in the serv- 



ice, Is trying to enroll all eligible in oUr 
department. . The initiation fee and dues for 
the first year is $1.00 and $1.00 a year» to 
be paid in January until the member is re- 
tired. Division Operator Husted sent out a 
letter during the year asking the men to 
express their desires as to Joining this asso- 
ciation. Applicatk)ns can be had from W. C. 
Rogers, 50 S. 28th St, tiamden, N. J., or 
"HQ" tower, where he is train dispatcher. 

The schedule negotiations are still pending 
and no doubt after the Wage Board hearings 
at Chicsigo are finished our committee will 
be able to finish this work. 

Bro. R. W. Coppage, of *'CB" tower. Has 
our sympathy owing to his wife's poor health. 
She is now in a sanitarium, but we hope 
will soon improve so she can return to her 
home and children. 

Bro. Samuel Roseman was married Jan. 
8th to a young lady from New York, We 
wish them a long and happy Journey through 
life. 

Local Chairman Peacock recently spent a 
few days on the lower end of the division, 
and will no doubt soon cover the division 
again to get in the remaining nons. Brothers 
and sisters, have them ready with their appli- 
cations signed up when he meets those at 
your different offices. 

We are glad to see Sister Starkey is back 
at Ashland after being off several months 
with a sore hand. CSrt. 74. 

Trenton Div. — 

Local Chairman Slmonson made a trip over 
the division giving us all some important in- 
formation. 

The bumping caused by the reduction leaves 
C. A. Sunerson on third Montgomery street; 
G. A. Buskalur on third Hamilton avenue; 
Bro. C. A. Van Dom on first Rusling; Bro. 
Halderman on second Lalor street, and Bro. 
Calipln on second Trenton. 

Some one see Sister Rich and get her to 
pay up again. There is no reason why we 
can't make this division 100 per cent, if every 
member will get that non with or next to 
him to live up and help our local chairman 
to keep down the delinquent list. 

Read your Journal carefully, brothers, not 
only the articles from your own division 
and road but also the write-ups from the 
other roads. Also read the articles in the 
"Correspondents' Department" and the edi- 
torials. They contain good food for thought 
and proper action. If we will help to organ- 
ize our own division up to 100 per cent 
solid, our officers will have no trouble in 
pelting a square deal for all concerned. 

The new passes for 1921 will soon be out 
and some of the older brothers will be bene- 
fited considerably by them. 

Bro. M. R. Cubberley and family have re- 
turned from a visit during the holidays with 
relatives in Illinois. Cert. 644. 



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Philadelphia P<v.— 

In the December issue the , P. & R, scribe 
wondered what was the matter with the 
P. ft R. attendance at our Joint meetings at 
Harrisbur^r. This time yours truly would 
like to know what is the tnatter with the 
P. R. R. boys. We print the date, and 
meeting place, every month; also tell you a 
day or two ahead of that date, and then 
you have the audacity to say you forgot the 
date. Wake up, and show some interest in 
the Order which gets your bread and but- 
ter. The following seems to flt some of 
your cases: 

"Don't come to the meetings, but if you 
do, come late. If the weather don't suit 
you, don't think of coming. (It snowed Jan. 
14th.) If you do attend, find fault with 
the work of the officers. Never accept an 
office; it is easier to criticise. Nevertheless, 
get sore if you are not appointed on a com- 
mittee, and if things don't go to suit you. 
howl like an Indian. Hold back your dues 
as long as possible, or don't pay at all. 
Don't bother to get new members, let* the 
other fellow do it". 

You put me in mind of a story I heard 
once. Let's call it "unappreciated hoBpnal- 
ity": "Some six months ago" (said the 
wayfarer) "I came to your door, ailing, 
penniless and despondent. You took me in, 
cared for me nearly a month, without money 
and without price, fed me on edibles suitable 
for a delicate stomach and sent me on my 
way rejoicing". 

"Ah !" Interestedly replied the householder, 
"now that I look at you closely, I perceive 
that you are indeed that unfortunate man, 
and now, of course, you have gained at least 
a modest meed of fortune, and are come to 
repay me for my hospitality"? 

"Not exactly", was the answer, "but ever 
since then I have dwelt with so much pleas- 
urable recollection on your kindness, thict as 
soon as cold weather set In, I made for 
your cosy cot, and to show you how highly 
I appreciated your hospitality, I propose this 
time to stay three mcntha". 

How much has the O. R. T. got for you? 

How much Is -it keeiAng for you? 

What is it doing for you right now, and 
are you appreciative? 

Put the question fairly up to yourselves, 
and figure what you owe to regular attend- 
ance at the meetings, and prompt payment 
of dues. 

Local Chairman Leyder called a special 
meeting at Downington, Saturday evening, 
Jan. 15th. Did you attend? 

More reductions are in order, "NZ" and 
"Q" block stations closed Jan. 15th, which 
will put some of the brothers to much in- 
convenience. 

Bro. N. E. Stoner is working Columbia 
relief. 

Mt. Joy branch is "solid". 



**UD" Gen, Supt'e. Office, Harriahurff, Pa, — 

Business still on the decrease, with fur- 
ther reductions : Bro. N. J. Wilt, relieved, 
from the 12 to 8 trick. Bro. Oeo. Kuffle 
back on 3 to 11 p. m. trick, and Bro. A. H- 
Bppler back on 12 to 8 trick. Assistant 
Manager Bro. W. A. Bowman, also bumped, 
is again woricing the wire. We are all sorry 
to lose "BN"; the boys backed him up to 
a man. 

Bro. J. S. Leyder, who so ably filled the 
unexpired term of Bro. Malcher as local 
chairman, has been nominated for the next 
regular term and is al^ a candidate for 
delegate to the convention. Give him your 
support We can not send a better man. 

Bro. . C. H. Burg expects to build a ne-w 
bungalow at C^mp Hill this spring. 

As we glancQ through Thb T&lsoraphss 
we see write-ups from New York Division, 
on up as far as Renovo, and west as far 
as Chicago, but where is the "Middle Divi- 
sion" and "PA"? 'We have been lookinsr 
for their write-ups for some time, and 
would like to see some one up there take 
"his pen in hand". 

The boys In "DU" started the New Year 
with an up to date. Keep after the fe-w 
remaining "non9**. "Every member get a 
member", and stay organized. 

"OddVen Enu," Cert. 1093. 



Philadelphia Terminal D<v. — 

The new annual passes now in use, effec- 
tive January 1st, on this system, is a wel- 
come gift from the company indeed, and the 
older employes who are particularly bene- 
fited are expressing their appreciation in all 
quarters. The wife of each employe now 
carries the same form of annual pass as 
the husband. Very many are now enjoying 
passes reading: "Over Entire System". The 
result of this special concession by the rail- 
way management brings xmtold happiness to 
the homes of many thousands on the Penn- 
sylvania. The former pass arrangement has 
been displaced by what is now known as a 
Service Pose, and every five years or so' 
each one goes into a higher class, so to 
speak, the final or thirty-year service man 
coming into possession of an annual read- 
ing "Over EJntire System". 

Considerable anxiety is being felt because 
of the wholesale lay ofts in the working 
forces in the various departments^ 

We regret to announce the sudden and 
unexpected death at Lansdowne, Pa., of 
Fred B. BYaim, assistant train director at 
"B" tower. He held first trick there nearly 
13 and has been in the service about 28 
years. He was formerly A. T. D. at •'N" 
tower, coming originally from the Philadel- 
phia Division. His death was caused by a 
stroke about 8:45 Saturday morning, Jan- 
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"Relief Day" tn Philadelphia with Mrs. 
Fndm. Unfortunately "Fred" has not been in 
good standing recently in the oreranlzation. 
By old timers he will be remembered as a 
convention delegate at the time old Division 
No. SO and No. 102 and No. 4 existed in 
Philadelphia. 

Bro. Ed. Morrison w9m recently attacked 
by highwaymen on his way home from worky. 
at midnight, 62nd and Market, and had his 
shoulder blade broken. The attacking party, 
two, in number, were soon put to "hot foot", 
as they tackled the wrong party when they 
went **up against" "Ed", as they got nothing 
but a good whipping. 

In the election of delegates to the coming 
convention vote promptly and intelligently, 
and see that your neighbor secures his new 
card, and make it an' annual if possible. 
You remember that old, old story about 
unity. "Be prepared — for ye know not the 
day nor the hour". Cbrt. 2070. 



Sunbury Div. — 

To expect our local chairman to do all the 
organizing is unreasonable to say the least 
If every member will get busy on the few 
nons with or near him we will soon be one 
hundred per cent strong. Our progress dur- 
ing the past year should be sufficient in- 
spiration for ant one. Approach the nons 
in a proper way and you will get them. 

About twenty regular positions have been 
abolished on this division ; several also in the 
official class. These incumbents are now 
dispatching trains. 

All the girls were let out except Sister 
^ladeline Denn, the youngest lady operator, 
who was retained because of her ability to 
telegraph. Her retention Is well merited, as 
she began learning as soon as employed, 
and is now a very capable telegrapher and 
a worthy member of our Order. 

We welcome Bro. McCracken, third KD, 
to our midst. 

The sudden death of Manager Grant 
Boyer was a shock to us all. Our heartfelt 
sjinpathy goes out to the bereaved rela- 
tives. A beautiful floral offering was con- 
tributed by boys along the line. 

Cert. 1081. 



iichuylkm Div.— 

Meetings were held at Reading January 
«th. 8 :30 a. m. and 6 :00 p. m. The morn- 
ing meptlng was largely attended, but there 
vpFp not so many out in the evening. Bro. 
Bobbins, local chairman, P. & R., favored 
u« with an interesting address. 

Quite a few of the brothers are aspiring 
to the position of local chairman and dele- 
gate to the convention. We are glad to no- 
tice this change of attitude, l>ecause for- 
n^rly it appeared as though no one desired 
these positions, especially the former one. 



We regret to announce the death of Bro. 
Mengle's mother, and tender him our sin- 
cere sympathy. Also to the family of 
Trainmaster Reardon, owing to the recent 
death of his son. 

Brothers, be prompt in mailing your dues 
and save your chairman the trouble of writ- 
ing letters. Qet that *'non" you are work- 
ing with daily, and give him no rest until 
he gets an up to date. 

Bros. Miller and KJnckiner are taking 
orders for the spring delivery of straw- 
berries, and Bro. Reber, who has- a flne lot 
of prize-winning white Wyandottes, will have 
chicks for April delivery. 

Former Local Chairman Snyder, whose 
position of third trick dispatcher was con- 
solidated with the second, bumped Bro. 
Faust from second *'Au", who bumped Bro. 
Cleary from second "SF". 

It is now "Brother" Lewis. 

Bro. Kaufman has returned to first "SR" 
after relieving the chief clerk in the divi- 
sion operator's office three weeks. 

Cbrt. 5887. 



Pittalmroh Div„ Ba9t— 

A series of meetings were held at Portage, 
Comemaugh, New Florence and Latrobe. 
Among other subjects discussed was the 
proposition that all employes who held reg- 
ular positions lay off two days a month, 
and give the furloughed and extra list a 
chance to earn a living. This was looked 
on in a brotherly way and a spirit of hu- 
manitarianlsm. something that never enters 
the minds of corporate managers in times 
of distress. By the time this grreets the 
reader's eyes it will be known if it receives 
the entire sanction of all regular men. It 
was fully explained by some that it would 
be a sacriflce on the part of every employe 
who had no other means of income but his 
daily wage, but they were almost unani- 
mous in saying they would make it for their 
less fortunate brothers. 

Sister Ermire is conflned to the Mercy 
Hospital undergoing an operation, and last 
reports say was not in a favorable condi- 
tion. "Scotty" is one of the oldest oper- 
ators on this division, and the best wishes 
of all her co-workers are for her speedy 
recovery. 

Bro. E. E. Paul is also on the sick list 
for over a month, and the same hopes go out 
to him. 

The flnancial breakdown has driven •'Re- 
trenchment" rampant over the entire S3rs- 
tom. Levermen taken off, and operators 
compelled to flll the dual position of oper- 
ator and levermen that looks on par with 
taking off a fireman and compelling the en- 
^'ineer do the firing. 

In tlieir efforts to besmirch Government 
control many railroad managements over- 
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results of inflated pay rolls, and wild ex- 
penditures of money. Unfortunately those 
responsible for this will not suffer the direct 
results* but the buck will once more be 
passed to those least able to bear it — ^the 
wsLge earning employe. When you sow the 
wind, you will reap a whirlwind, and this 
end was to be expected. 

To assign to the brewers and distillers the 
failure or success of the anti-saloon, or 
prohibition movement, or to "free thinkers'* 
and "rattonalists" the welfare of Christian 
progress would be considered suicidal folly, 
but the welfare and success of "Governmen- 
tal Control" was handed over to those who 
did not wish it to become a success. 

Rumor has it that the retirement agre 
has been set to sixty years for voluntary, 
and sixty-flve compulsory. Should this be 
true it will catch a few of our oldest em- 
ployes in the telegrraph and other depart- 
ments. Cbrt. 10. 



"GO" Relay, Pittsburgh, Pa.— 

A commendable practice has been insti- 
tuted in this ofllce, that of throwing all 
windows open every hour and a half to 
cleanse the place of all foul air. 

"Doc" Stettler, formerly of "GO", now 
with the Associated Press at Steubenville 
O., paid us a visit Xmas week. 

Every relay operator in this office carries 
a card. After what the O. R. T. has done 
for us we know they will all have their new 
ones before February 28th. 

The printer girls have all stood loyally 
by us during the past, except one who 
seems to be discouraging the others from 
renewing, but they know what their present 
salaries would be if it had not been for the 
O. R. T., and we look for them all to be 
up to date again on time, even the one who 
has probably been influenced against her 
better judgment to act indifferently. 

We have lost six operators since the re- 
duction in force begun. 

A new notice prohibits employes from 
using the telephones, except In emergency 
cases. This is the result of an abuse of the 
privilege by those who did too much "visit- 
ing". 

Bros. J. H. Green and Harry Knapp have 
been nominated as candidates for delegate 
to the convention May 9th, 1921, and Local 
Chairman C. J. Cone is out for re-election, 
with no opposition so far. 

A. V. Baker, former wiro chief here, who 
conducted the Pennsylvania Company's Tele- 
graph School at Columbus, O., has been re- 
turned to "GO". He claims that of the 
300 students he turned out over 260 of thorn 
joined the O. R. T. Cert. 7611. 



in order to get it we must keep after th« 
few nons and not continue paying all the 
expenses to secure a solid division while 
they reap the same benefits as we do. We 
must all get busy. It takes united effort 
to accomplish apy thing good. Some of these 
nons have been working a year side by side 
with some of you brothers and have never 
been asked to join. If you don't know who 
and where they are we will be glad to fuiv 
nish their names and locations. 

W. W. Wblls, L. C, Cert 4478. 



Eaatem Div. Notes — 

Our Floral BHind ^s progressing extremely 
well. To date, January 16th, we have ap- 
proximately fifty per cent of the bosrs and 
girls on the division, with promises of a 
number of others to send their fees in a 
few days. The Fund is simply for the pur- 
chase of flowers in case of death occurring 
among the members. It is not the intention 
to do any relief work with this Fund what- 
ever afc it would be utterly impossible under 
the rates now being used. The initial fees 
are only twenty-flye cents and thereafter 
ten cents a month until the Fund has 
reached an amount sufflciently large to take 
care of a number of cases without calling 
for donations. We want every man and 
woman working on the division who are able 
to come in on this move. Th8se who are now 
members get after all those in your terrl-- 
tory and urge them to come in also. Please 
let us have your opinion as soon as possi- 
ble in regard to flowers in cases of sickness, 
as well as death. Those sending only the 
first month's dues should not overlook the 
ten cents for February. If you can send 
a dollar so much the better, as you will 
not then have to send in monthly remit- 
tances of ten cents. A large number of 
members have remitted a dollar to save this 
trouble. 



Kctatem Div, — 

We are in a very good position now, but 
we want that one hundred per cent, and 



Central Region, Eaatem Division — 

Due to the reduction of forces on the 
division. Bro. Bollia is back on first trick 
sheet at Fair Hope. Large reductions have 
been made on the road and also in division 
offices. 

Bro. Bingham, New Brighton, off account 
being ruptured while on duty, will likely be 
back next month. Bro. Wells on first tern- 
f)orary.. 

Bro. Frazier, first Kenwood, off on ac- 
count of sickness; Bro. Roberts bid In first 
and Craig second trick sheet Kenwood, and 
Thomas Haws, third "BO" Block Station. 
Brothers, line them up. 

Sister Dally, East Palestine days, and 
Sister Hays, third Beaver Falls, are on a 
trip to California. 

Kindly bear in mind though that we are 
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dlrision and must depend upon many of 
yoa for help. Anythinsr of interest you get 
hold of, don't wait on the other fellow to 
get the news In, but send them yourself. 
Notify Bro. Frank Bollla, Maximo or myself, 
at Louisville. We will be only too glad to 
do the writing if we get the material to 
write with. Ckrts. 4321 and 3664. 



C. lE P. Division— 

We have not had a write-up for some 
time. If you will send me your notes I will 
be glad to send them in until a Division Cor* 
respondent is appointed. 

I have accepted the nomination for Local 
Chairman of this division, and delegate to 
the coming Qrand Division convention. If 
elected, I will serve you to the best of my 
ability and do all In my power to advance 
yonr interests. I would very much appre- 
date the privilege of representing you aa 
delegate, as it would afford me an oppor- 
tunity to get acquainted with new ideas and 
be in a better position to understand the 
laws as they are enacted. 

Bra McCann at •*RS" Wellsvllle working 
single, Bro. Tarbet working second a few 
days, while Bro. Davidson was on a trip 
"Way Down E}ast." 

Bro. McKenna, third Summit Cabin, was 
recently married. Congratulations and best 
wishes. 

Sister Rice, second Malvern, was off a 
few days on account of sickness. Bro. Ray, 
second Bayard, was off one day. 

Do not forget to subscribe for "Labor," 
published weekly at Washington. D. C. It 
is doing great work. Use your influence to 
make it a success. Every Worker who as- 
sists in securing a wider circulation for 
this paper improves his own conditions and 
adds to the well-being of the struggling 
H. O. Mangus, Cert. 8361. 



Cinch%nati Diviaimt and C, L. d N,-^ 

I take the greatest of pleasure in express- 
ing to each of you members my sincere 
thanks for your most highly appreciated 
Christmas present of "One Hundred and Fwe 
Dollars in Oold/' being a very great sur- 
prise, and the most welcome of any present. 
Not for its value alone, but the manner in 
which the brothers co-operated in getting 
It up, and last but not least, "Just to know 
that it come from you Brothers," who have 
stood by me during the past two and a 
half years while we have been laying founda- 
tions, that things might be made possible, 
as we can all realize at this time. 

I could not find words of gratitude to ex- 
press my feelings upon receiving such a 
gift and shall always feel indebted to each 
of you and pray that no one may ever have 
cause to regret the part taken in this mat- 
ter. \ have at all times tried to perform 
my duties to the beet of my knowledge and 



ability, regardless of the circumstanses and 
what the situation might be. Your help haa 
made possible the success attained. 

As time flies swiftly on we will finally 
realize that we have gained and not lost 
the things we have worked so long for. We 
need never weary in well doing; many things 
are made possible by co-operation, when 
we unionize ourselves and come to know each 
other as Brother and Sister, for in "Union 
there ia strength/* 

Let us so conduct ourselves that we may 
continue to weave the threads of unionism 
more closely together, thus helping those 
who help themselves. 

We shall need more co-operation in the 
future than in the past, because we are 
all human, so let us show the erring ones 
that even a few tares may prevent a full 
harvest. It hath been written : "He shall 
reap what he soweth." Therefore, the well 
known proverb: "A word to the wise ia 
sufficient." 

Let us have no delinquenta this time, and 
keep after the nons until they Join, as it is 
as much, if not to their interest, to do so, 
than ours. 

The recent changing in positions due to 
the reduction of force, is a potent reminder 
that we should have been thoroughly or- 
ganized years ago, making true that old 
philosopher's oft repeated words : "We must 
all hang together or we will all hang sep- 
arately." 

I appreciate your confidence and the way 
you members have stood by me as your 
Local Chairman. I shall give to the man 
whom you shall elect to this office in the 
future my full co-operation in every way 
possible. 

"All friends of mine" is the way I like 
tc feel and think of each of you, and "me 
yours." Let's give the company the most 
loyal service possible, thus showing what 
organization means to us and to its offi- 
cials also, remembering: *'He profits moat 
who serves best." 

Again I thank each of you and extend 
to you my best wishes for a Happy Ne\« 
Year, with kind personal regards. 

L. M. Stone, Local Chairman. 



Columbus Division — 

Be careful brothers, remember after Feb- 
ruary 28th you are delinquent.' L^'s not 
have any this period. 

It is very important to send me a copy 
of your bids. Don't neglect it. 

Thanks to Bro. M. E. Irvine. Qrogan first, 
for securing the new member, Bro. W. W. 
Mankin, third Grogan. 

Bro. Horn, Unionville, asked for two ap- 
plication blanks with good prospects of that 
many new members. Keep up the good 
work. Some more of you brothers try your 
hand where a non is located close to you. 



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That's the way to get our 100 per cent for 
1921. Keep after them, give them no rest. 
One of the boys at "HO" Tower has prom- 
ised me his application, keep after the other 
two nons there. 

Bro. C. A. Timmons, "BO" Bradford, O., 
was relieved a few days by Bro. Schaeflfer, 
and Bro. Snow, "BJ" Bradford, is relieving 
Bro. Bayless who is sick. Bro. Teazell, off 
very sick for some time, is much better and 
hopes to resume work shortly. 

Bro. Zeeck, Plain City third, closed due 
to retrenchment, bumped Bro. Snow from 
third New Madison, who will probably bump 
Bro. Yeasell, •'WD" third. We have been 
very fortunate the way the Northwestern 
region has been retrenching. 

Some one send me some news so we can 
have a good write-up in each Journal, and 
after you get through with your old copy, 
mail it to some non you are trying to land. 
Iiet him see what kind of a magazine we 
have. Also send me the names of any nons 
you know of, so I can furnish them to the 
members who don't seem to know where 
they are located. C. C. Grooms, 

Local Chairman, Cert. 8071, 



up this month, due to the serious ilLness of 
Mrs. Armstrong, whom we trust, ere this has 
been printed, will be fully restored to health. 
Send your items to him as advised in the 
lost issue of Th6 Tbleqbapher. 

••JUDQE/' Cert 2725. 



Akrtm Division — 

Several offices closed and much bumping 
going on, owing to reduction in force. 

The local committee has been before the 
division operator with Bro. R. S. Williams, 
who was bumped from operator leverman 
position by Bro. Dial, who the committee 
contends can assert seniority only in the 
division offices. The case is under appeaL 

Schedule violations will be 'brought to 
the attention of the superintendent shortly. 
If they continue as has been the case re- 
cently. 

The members should read carefully that 
part of the schedule in regard to the proper 
manner of handling grievances. If lyou 
have been unfairly treated, ask for a hear- 
ing, and that your committee or Local Chair- 
man be present, that puts the matter in the 
right position for an appeal, and keep in 
mind that your superior officer is the divi- 
sion operator and not any clerk. 

There B,te only a few nons on this division. 
When an extra man comes to your office, ask 
to see his card, if he has one he will be 
glad to show it, if not, **No card, no fcwors." 

All Members desiring to contribute to the 
flower fund should send Bro. H. A. Parker, 
Qambier, Ohio, 25c which is the membership 
fee. 

pro. C. M. Potter, formerly at Marshal- 
ville, writes from Calvin, 111., that he still 
is a member of Akron Division, No. 17, and 
sends his regards to all his friends. 

Bro. J. W. Flory, third "DA." recently 
returned from a trip through the Bast. 

Bro. H. C. Armstrong, agent Gambler, 
could not get time to favor us with a wrlte- 



Toledo Division — 

Bros. Berry and Meyers, first and second 
WoodviUe, relieved by Sister Obermeyer re- 
cently, owing to the illness- of their wives. 

Sister Vail bumped from third Burgoon 
went to second Walbridge several dasrs, 
thence to Sugar Camp and back to Wal- 
bridge. Bro. Miller bumped from third 
Burgoon by Bro. Hamilton, bumped Bro. 
Underwood at third Woodville. 

Cromers telegraph office closed 8 p. zn^ 
January 2l8t. The work formerly done at 
this office will be handled by the Nickel 
Plate operators at Maple Grove, causing 
Bros. Green and Ream to bump. Cromers 
second has been closed since January Ist. 

Other offices closed on Toledo Branch : 
Tiro third, Millersville second and third, 
Webbs third and "GS" General Office Toledo, 
latter throwing two old men, Battenfleld and 
Bro. Woodbury, back on this division, one 
operator was taken off at "Q" Toledo and 
Bro. Gibson bumped from "YD" by Bro. 
Schuett 

Branch offices closed : Bellevue, Walc|o, 
"ON" Cabin second, Lewis Center, one man 
off; first Carrothers and "BN** Tower Har- 
vey. 

Local Chairman Reinman received a new 
approved list December 12th, in which the 
seniority of three of the brothers was cut 
down. Investigation in one case so far 
showed that it was an injustice, the other 
cases are still pending. The officials gave 
as a reason for mixing up the date of 
seniority, that they reliod too much on the 
date of entering service without making a 
thorough search of the complete record. 

We hope the zenith of retrenchment has 
been reached. All are wondering tohy this 
extra help during Government control, out- 
side of our department, and what caused 
the bottom to fall out so suddenly. 

If the time is too long before our worthy 
brothers get work, the members are sug- 
gesting that those who are working, grive 
a day each of work to help out — which is 
a very commendable spirit. Although, oflS- 
cial circles have felt the retrenchment policy. 
as well as the every-day employe, it is little 
consolation to the small salary man out of 
work. 

The time for payment of dues and as- 
sessments expires February 28th. Don't for- 
get to pay up before that time and keep 
off the delinquent list for your own protec- 
tion as well as to help better oonditions, 
which means so much to us right noW. 

Div. Coa. Cert 64. 



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Indianapolis Division — 

Lefs all start the good work ri^rht by 
getting an annual. They come in handy 
about June 80th. Now that the railroads 
are redudng help, it is more essential that 
we keep well together, protect and look 
out for our fellow workman's Interest as 
well as our own. 

We all extend our sympathy to Bros. H. 
H. Smith. B. C. K^rk and W. P. Hosteter 
in the reecnt deaths of their loved ones. 
Bro. Smith suffers the loss of a wife, Bro. 
Kirk a sister and Bro. Hosteter a father. 
The O. R. T. members and station force 
at "HM" furnished a beautiful bouquet of 
fk>wers. Bro. Hosteter father's funeral and 
the O. R. T. at "ON" extended like sym- 
pathy to Bros. Smith and Kirk. 

Bro. H. H. Smith, agent "ON," was re- 
lieved several days during the illness of his 
wife by D. R. Kdwards, relieved on first by 
Bro. H. W. Hale, of Worthington. 

Bro. 6. W. Sharp, agent South Linton, 
spending the winter in Florida, is being tem- 
porarily relieved by Bro. V. G. BCalone, who 
recently bid in third "JC." 

"OX" closed and Bro. H. H. Saunders 
bumped Bro. D. D. Davidson at "NI." 

Bro. C. O. Selch recently bid In third 
"BU." I am unable to get all the changes 
in the past few weeks. 

Old "Blue Sunday" visited some of the 
exclusive block stations January 16th and 
closed the doors for the day. 

Boys, send me your notes and we will 
have a write-up of some kind each month. 
I hardly ever get away from this little 
garden spot, and when on the job do not 
have much time to get the second and third 
trick stuff. Help me out and I will send it 
in. so all will know what is going on. 

D. R. Edwards^ Cert. 7428. 



"^T" Relay, Indianapolis— 

We now have a 98 per cent membership 
in this office — everybody with their shoulder 
to the wheel and make it 100 per cent 

Bro. Harry Burt was recently placed on 
the pension list after many years of faith- 
ful service. He was one of our oldest and 
most efficient members, and was the re- 
cipient of many valuable and beautiful 
presents upon his retirement, from the boys 
as well as from employes in other depart- 
ments. Bro. Patterson moved up to first 
trick made vacant by Bro. Burt's retire- 
ment Bro. Gillespie doing the "owl stunt" 
in "GX," bid in "NT" swing trick from 6 
p. m. until 2 a. m. "NY" can proudly boast 
of having more pounds per man than any 
other office, we can show 'end from 175 to 
250 pounds. Come in and look us over. 

On first trick: Bros. OfHover "X," 
Smithy "SM.- Christy •'CDBC," Patterson 
"V." On second trick: Bros. Linn 'ICN," 
Irish KeUy. "M." GiUespie "QT," and on 



third trick : Bros. Scott "JO" and York "Y." 
Bro. Scott was recently married. Congratu- 
lations and best wishes. 

Bro. Christy was absent a few days re- 
cently account the serious illness of his 
little daughter. 

Despite the decrease of business on the 
railroads, it has not been noticeable in this 
office, as our daily average is 255 messages 
per man. This is our first attempt at a 
write-up from this office and will try to do 
better in the future. 

We are all looking forward with pleasure 
to moving into our new office, w!iich prom- 
ises to be the most up-to-date equipped in 
the country, not excepting "GM" St. Louis, 
Mo. Cbrt. 2686. 



Fort Wayne Division — 

The abolishing since January 1st of some 
twenty telegraph positions has caiised con- 
siderable inconvenience to the men bumped, 
but presume most of them were glad that 
we have an agreement giving the oldest 
men the preference. Violations of It will • 
be taken up in the proper form and an 
endeavor made to adjust them. It seems 
that corporations can break contracts with 
impunity, but employes must abide by them 
or risk being called before a court of jus- 
tice. 

Bro. C. S. HoUenbeck, of Denver, Indiana, 
appointed a member of the Local Board of 
Adjustment of this division will also act as 
Assistant Local Chairman of the Butler 
Branch. We will appreciate it if he will 
give us a write-up from that territory, and 
let us know what is doing over on that 
part of our division. 

Bro. Jana bumped from first to third "SG," 
will now have all day to write-up the viola- 
tions of our agrement Bro. Tuttle on first 
"NY" for twenty years has been put back 
on the second there. Brothers, advise our 
Local Chairman promptly of any violations 
of our agreement in order that he may take 
them up at once for adjustment 

Remember, **No card, no favors." 

B. J. F.. Cert. 2466. 



Grand Rapids Division — 

A class in book of rule instruction, con- 
ducted by Division Operator Betts, was held 
at Sturgis, Mich., December 19th, for the 
opei*ator, "BO" Tower to Junction, inclusive. 
A dainty lunch was furnished at noon and 
we all had an instructive and enjoyable 
time. 

When Local Chairman Kelley, on behalf 
of all the members present expressed his 
appreciation of the kindness shown us, and 
requested them to rise and thank Mr. Betts. 
The few nons had to stand up also or ap- 
pear discourteous, and as I was the only 
one wearing an emblem buttbn, they may 
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The coal dock at Kalamazoo will be com- 
pleted in about thirty days. 

Bro. Born, who relieved at "UK" Siding 
several days, also relieved Bro. Shug while 
attending the oil investment companies 
stockholders' meeting. 

Bro. S. F. Johnson was relieved a few 
days by Bro. Menzie on account of sickness. 

Several clerical positions have been cut 
out recently at Fort Wayne Division office. 
P. A. Straub, extra dispatcher, and former 
clerk in Division Operator's office displaced 
Bro. Grim at "NS," who displaced Bro. 
Leidy, fornnerly extra operator, who i^elleved 
Bro. Campbell, second "Wolcottville," a few 
days. Bro. Eash taken ofT at Wayland 
bumped Bro. Knapp there, who went to third 
Shelbyville, and Bro. Pettyjohn to Lynn, 
Ind. 

Bro. "V^rthinger died at his home in Ken- 
dallvIUe, Ind., January 4th. We all extend 
our sympathy to the l>€reaved family. 

New members: Kirkby. Deck and Kyle. 
Let us get busy, line up the few delinquents 
and eliminate the nona within the next thirty 
days. 

The operators and hams are organizing a 
road team south of Fort Wayne. 

It is time to nominate and elect our offi- 
cers for the next two years. We should 
familiarize ourselves with the constitution 
and by-laws of our Order as to the precedure 
taken in electing officers and be governed 
accordingly. 

I am endebted to three worthy brothers, 
including tlie Local Chairman for notes con- 
tributed to this issue and trust they will 
ali come again. Let me hear from all of 
you, the Sister members also. 

Ckrt. 2775. 



Mackinato Division — 

Bro. Bosse, Fife Lake, Is being relieved 
by Bro. Dean. 

Cadillac passenger station telegraph office 
closed, Bro. Imler going to Howard City, 
and Bro. Hoffman to North Yard third, vice 
Bro. Lilly, who bumped Bro. Thrall from 
first to second ; Bro. Avery taking third "KS" 
Tower; Bro. Duff bumped Bro. Harter from 
second Qustin. 

Sister Blanchard has returned to third 
Boyne Falls. 

Grand Rapids telegraph office has been 
removed from Union Station to the Penn- 
sylvania General Office Building; one opera- 
tor cut off and office being closed from 3 
a. m. to 6 a. m. Telegraphing handled by 
dispatchers. 

Further cuts are looked for and while 
they work a hardship, we all realize the 
purpose of this campaign, and we will be 
called upon to make further sacrifices be- 
fore it Is over. We must all stick together 
and remain loyal to our Order. 



Don't get the idea by dropping your card 
you are getting "even" with some brother 
— that simply weakens the whole organlEa- 
tion and Injures the one who drops out 
equally as much, if not more, than those 
who remain loyal. 

I have accepted the nomination for Local 
Chairman another term. If elected I win 
do my best to serve you as I have In the 
past, and expect each member to look after 
the new men as soon as they land, in order 
to keep the division as near 100 per cent 
as possible. 

Rule 715 in the Rule Book obliges us to 
admit students to our offices, provided they 
have the permission of the division operator. 
But we don't have to teach them. Remem- 
ber our obligation, brothers, and resolve not 
to teach a student this year. Keep them 
down to the minimum. 

I regret to chronicle the death of Line- 
man Cooper's wife in Mercy Hospital, Cadil- 
lac, following an operation. When from some 
unknown cajise she Jumped from the window 
of her room on the second floor to the 
ground. Mr. Cooper has the sympathy Qf 
his fellow workers. They had no children. 
Shfe was a member of the Order of the 
Eastern Star. 

We are about to establish a uniform agree- 
ment upon this system, and it will be neces- 
sary for your officers to have a strong 
backing, to give them the proper stand ihg 
before the railroad officials. 

Proposition for the adjustment of In- 
equalities in many rates of pay is in the 
hands of the General Committee, and vaca* 
tion pay for 1918 in President Manion's 
hands. 

Pennsylvania officials are holding up the 
payment of this claim, even though It's a 
Government obligation. The claim has been 
ordered allowed and President Manion has 
the assurance every obligation will be met 
by the Government. 

W. P. Hoffman, Local Chairman. 

Cert. 4141. 



Chicago Terminal Division — 

Notes were delayed en route (o St. Louis, 
so there was no write-up In the January 
issue. 

Brothers, can't you turn In a few items, 
can't give you a write-up if you don't make« 
yourself heard. 

Payroll decreases are still in vogue and it 
was rumored 2,700 more employes were to 
be laid off, for an indefinite period, January 
22nd. Chicago, Logansport and Fort Wayne 
shops being closed. Retrenching along cer- 
tain lines might accomplish better results.- 
If the old rule of: "Practice what you 
preach," was adhered to. 

Ye scribe and Bro. Small were rabbit hunt- 
ing recently with several others, and the 
four of us got three bunnies. 



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third trick position, and Bros. Mander and 
Bl&ckman are now required to alternate 
week about on first and second. 

Brothers, don't forget the one black she<^p 
in our fold and don't miss an opportunity 
to remind him of his just obligations. 

Afti-r a hard fight the Y. M.'s got their 
twelve and thlrteen-hour day restored to 
th«Tn. ' Cert. 2513. 



I miu joi uLiiers. 



St. Loui8 DiviaioHt West End — 

Don't forget your dues and M. B. D. as- 
sessments Remit $6 for the six months' 
term, or $12 for an annual, to Bro. W. M. 
Skinner, 71-72 Gunther Building, Baltimore, 
Maryland, and M. B. D. assessments to 
Bro. E. J. Manion. Acting Grand Secretary 
and Treasurer, Miasoufl State Life Building, 
St Louis, Missouri. Otherwise after Feb- 
ruary 28th you're delinquent. 

We are getting the "back to normalcy" 
promised us before election. Amo and Lig- 
gett, Ind., and Almeda, Ind., towers cut out 
to reduce expenses, and more jobs probably 
will be abolished. Some of the brothers are 
bamping and being bumped. 

Bro. B. A. McKean, third at Collinsville, 
leverely injured by a switch engine striking 
an auto in which he was riding. We are 
very glad to announce he will be able to be 
out soon. 

Sister B. A. Leidel is on second Formosa 
temporary, vice Chairman Hindmarch, re- 
lieving on first there, owing to the sudden 
'illness of Bra. S. R. Sweeneys wife. 

Brothers and Sisters, fill out your ballots 
as soon as received for local chairman, dele- 
sates and alternates, and mail them at 
once to Bro. Skinner at Baltimore. Give 
tills important matter your immediate at- 
tention. 

The telegraphers of such systems as the 
Santa Fe, L. A N. and Pennsylvania are 
under many obligations to the O. R. T. for 
the good it has done. Those who have been 
in the harness the last twelve years can 
look back and realize the benefit of shorter 
hours, overtime, vacations with pay, annual 
passes, seniority lists, working agreements, 
and if you cannot settle your grievances with 
the Division Operator yourself, you have 
the recourse of your local committee, somo- 
thing unheard of on unorganized roads. 

The difference in salary now and in the 
earlier days are more noticeable, especially 
to the older employe, the writer himself 
havtaig worked a twelve-hour trick (and as 
much longer as the trick dispatcher was dis- - 
posed to keep you) for $85 per month, and 
overtime unheard of. Considering the tim«» 
that we have been a recognized organization 
on these lines, our percentage is better than 
on some of the older organized roads. Here 
on the St. Louis Division, out of about two 



"Eternal vlgilencc is the price of liberty." 
When a non shows up, get him. Find out 
if the Sister or Brother you work with is 
up-to-date in both departments. Talk or- 
ganization — live it and dream of it. A 100 
l>tr cent membership organization is what 
«:ets results. Ckrt. 2410. 



"Nickel Plate" R. R., Div. 18. 

Fort Wayne Division — 

Bros. G. E. Kipp, Chairman Board of Ad- 
justment No. 3. and. O. R. Smith, General 
Chairman, New York Central Lines West, 
were in attendance at our January meeting 
at Bellevue, and gave very interesting talks 
on present-day questions affecting the 
Order. 

Bro. J. B. Griffin, our Division Correspond- 
ent, sight-seeing and enjoying the wonder- 
ful climate of Arizona and California, is 
being relieved for ninety days at Colby 
agency by Sister Luella Klllworth. 

Bro. Robt. McLain bid in second Morti- 
mer, relieved by Runyon on third West Fort 
Wayne, who promises to line up this month. 
Don't let him forget. Bro. D. A. Reese was 
on third Mortimer while Bro. D. E. Wolfe 
worked first there. 

Bro. F. B. Pitson bid in third Payne. 

Bro. R. J. Wells, third Colby, an^ bride 
are spending their honeymoon in California. 
The happy couple have our best wishes for 
their future happiness. 

Bros. C. A. Pritchard, agent, and R. V. 
Johnson, assistant agent, Lelpsic, and Bro. 
Andy Ha,rrls, New Haven, recently received 
the back pay due them under the recent 
decision of Railway Board of Adjustment 
No. 3, covering hours of service in question. 

Bro. Roy Jacobs relieved several days on 
first Continental by Operator Locke, on ac- 
count of sickness. 

Bro. H. E. Holmes, first ''FO" Fort Wayne, 
on ninety days' leave, was relieved by Brx 
Linnemann, relieved on second by Bro. C. 
C. Ensley, relieved as assistant agent there 
by E. Dochterman. who will join this month. 

Bro. A. T. Jones is getting along nicely 
following an operation at Fort Wayne Hos- 
pital, relieved on third Fort Wayne by Bro. 
C. A. Warner. A neat little purse was raised 
and turned over to him through the kind- 
ness of his fellow members, and our good 
friend Dispatcher Frank Evans. 

An up-to-date coal dock Is being erected 
at Yellow Creek just east of Lelpsic Junc- 
tion, when completed the docks at Lelpsic 
will be discontinued. A passing siding has 
also been put in at this point. 

Mrs. E. E. Ensley, South Whitley, wife 
of our late brother who died at that point 
on December 22nd, feels very grateful and 
desires to thank the members of this divi- 
sion for the beautiful fioral offering, and 

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the members of the Order who attended the 
funeral. Also wishes to thank the Orand 
Secretary and Treasurer for the very prompt 
manner in which Mr. Ensley's death claim 
was settled. Cbrt. 87. 

Cleveland Diviaicn — 

It is now Sister Rosenburg. Operator Men- 
tor, Bro. Rosenburgr, assistant ticket agen* 
Broadway, and Bro. Scott, assistant ticket 
agent Euclid avenue. 

Bro. Holmbreck, third Kingsville. was off 
a few days on account of sickness. 

Bro. Thompson, second KingsvlUe ; Sister 
Gladys Collins, third KimbaU, and Bro. Dun- 
lop, first Euclid, were off several days re- 
cently. 

Bro. Smiley was relieved for Christmas 
by Bro. Spearman from Avery. 

Bro. Kelley bid into "C" General Office, 
relieved by Miss Hayden on second Rocky 
River, pending bulletin. , 

Bro. Miller, second Euclid, is on ninety 
days' leave, visiting his family In CaUfor- 
nia. 

Sister Qreenleaf, Wlokliffe, was relieved 
two weeks, relieved by Miss Murphy, who 
also, relieved Bro. McShaw, first Kimball, 
later relieving Bstella McShay while the 
latter spent Christmas with reaativea fn 
Canton, and then relieved Bro. Stiles, third 
Shinrock, on ninety days' leave, with his 
family to Florida. 

Give the few "nons" on our division no 
rest until they line up. They are sharing 
in the benefits of our Organization and gi\'- 
ing us no assistance. Remember: *'No caird, 
no favors." Several have promised to come 
in soon, and Miss TTayden promised to <Jome 
in after Xmas. "MK," Cert. 406. 



Bro. Al Croft is being congratulated on 
his marriage last month. A few more will 
^oon be getting the glad hand. 

Bro. Mathes, second •*V" Blyria, has re- 
turned from a trip to Milwaukee. Bra Kout- 
nlk bid In third "V;** Bro. H. L.. McQratb, 
first; Bro. Mathes, second, and I am stUl 
extra there. 

Bros. Williams, Ernst and CoUIns at 
Elyria Junction interlocker are sure work- 
ing these days with the new "armstrong" 
plant substituted for the old one, they 
thought they were going to get an electric 
plant. Bro. Dlviney assisted them for a 
while. 

Bro. Gregory, who relieved Bros. Haley 
and Mauer lately. Is to relieve Bros. Connely 
and Miller in the near future for a few 
daya each. 

Bro. Hauseman and Robinson from Collin 
wood were visitors in Elyria recently. 

I hope to mention a few more new broth- 
ers m next issue. Bros. Fumier. Bell, Hell- 
ing, Connelly, Haley, Holmes, Meyers and 
Hauseman take notice and get the few re- 
maining *'nons" In line at your stations. 
"CN" AT ••V," Cert 206«. 



N. Y. C. R. R., Lines West, DIv. 19. 

Cleveland Division — 

Our last write-up proved a success. Let's 
keep it ffolng and before long the nons on 
the division will be few and far between. 
I received some good items from Bro. George 
Robinson at Collinwood too late for last 
issue, and hope he wll send some more. 

There arc still a few who show no signs 
of getting in line, and we must see that they 
change their minds. There are three first 
trick men on this division in that class. If 
you don't know who they are, ask-— get busy 
and don't let up till you land them. You will 
find "No card, no favors*' a good thing to 
line such men up when they fall to listen to 
reason. We want a hundred per cent divi- 
sion and we can have it if we will keep 
after these nons in earnest. 

Bro. Fred Munce, out hunting recently, 
cauglit six squirrels. 

Sister Margaret Ruddy, "ON," was a re- 
cent Toledo vtaltor. 



N. Y., Ont. a, W. Ry., Qlv. 20. 
Bro. Frederick W. Hopkins, for forty-<me 
years agent at Randallsvllle, has recently 
retired from active service at hts own re- 
quest. Bro. Hopkins entered railroad serv- 
ice at Sidney (then Sidney Plains), as a 
bill clerk forty-six years ago. He was soon 
promoted to the agency at Munns and later 
to the agency at Randallsvllle. He was one 
of the first members of the O. R. T. on the 
system—and Is still in good standing and 
expects to remain so. Bro. Hopkins was 
the last of a family to quit active service 
on the road, a brother, C. H. Hopkins, hav- 
ing retired as superintendent of the South- 
orn Division a few months ago, an olde*" 
brother, D. C. Hopkins having given op 
his position as yardmaster at Cadosia some 
time before. "Fred" is now spending hiJ« 
vacation on his chicken farm at Galena, 
eating three warm meals a day and undis- 
turbed by the alarm clock. As evidence of 
their esteem, the boys at "RW" with 80in« 
other friends presented him with a sUable 
purse and a box of cigars at Christmas. 



Northern Division — 

Bro. W. J. Sheehan bid in Durhamvillt 
agency. Bro. Bartlett succeeding Bro. Hop- 
kins, resigned, at RandallsyiUe, relieve^ 
there on first on bid by Bro. Horan, Is now 
on leave, owing to his poor health. Th« 
latter was relieved on second by Bro. L«wli 
from DurhamvIUe. Bro. Horan is acting ^ 
agent during the absence of Bro. Baittott; 
Bro. Dixon taking first, relieved on third hy 
Bro. Chichester. 



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Sanitarium. Vacancy filled by J. O. Holtier, 
promoted from first trick wire chief. 

Bro. C. C. Brown in the sanitarium suf- 
fering with his tonsils. 

Bros. B. M. Taylor and Mi Ice Elsplnose 
laying oft during the h(Hidays, gave extras 
Townsend and Orr work. 

Bro. Limke and Stringer .are the latest 
additions to the extra list. The latter re- 
signed and returned to* Santa Fe, when an- 
other cut In the force was made. 

It is now Bros. Whftaker and Kirkland. 
making "GM" solid with the exception of 
Extra Orr, who will pay up as soon as he 
draws a check large enough to pay his 
board and Initiation fees. Our old (reliable) 
Brady Lee, is still a non, the only (hard- 
shell) loft. What are we going to do about 
thatr 

Bro. Len Oden, third wire chief, relieved 
Jimmy Holtier as first trick wire chief. Bro. 
Leon I^uh bid In second wire chief, ana 
Bro. R. G. Hatfield moved from second to 
tliird wire chief, his seniority giving him 
preference of these tricks. • 

We are glad to see the boys taking an 
Interest and moving up onto the wire jobs 
as they open up. Bro. Whitaker is extra 
wire chief. Cert. 796. 



favors." Our future is in our own hands 
and only as secure as we make It. 

Cbrt. 698. 



Parsons District — 

Brothers, we must stand united now and 
all the time. Read every article and para- 
graph of the agreement until you thor- 
oughly understand it, and notify your Local 
Chairman of any violations. Secure and 
send to him a copy of any train order taken 
on the phone by the trainmen, or advise 
him even If the order is merely listened to. 
This practice, If allowed to continue, will 
Hoon act as a process of elimination among 
our forces, furthermore, it is a violation of 
a Federal law, which is very specific In its 
wording as to the hours of duty that may 
l>e performed by any one handling train 
orders. 

Your duty to the fraternity Is not fulfilled 
by merely keeping up-to-date, although that 
is necessary of course; it extends to your 
alertness in all things occurring In our 
daily routine. When our employers know 
that we thoroughly understand our own 
po.sitions, they will extend us the respect 
we are entitled to. 

Answer - on the phone or Morse wires 
promptly, especially when the dispatcher 
calls. Keep him Informed of the approach 
of trains; also when they stop at your sta- 
tion, and when they are In the clear when 
ordered to meet another train. We should 
make our service such that we will become 
as nearly Indispensable as can be. 

Ascertain vjho the "nons" are, and where, 
they are, and If you cannot land them as 
members, then remember : "No card, no 



St. Louis District— 

We regret to announce the death January 
13th at Concordia, Mo., of Mr. Jno. Glahn, 
father of Bro. A. M. Glahn. agent Hlgbee. 
who reached home only a few hours before 
he passed away. Bro. MpOeery relieved me 
on second Hlgbee, while I filled In as aerent 
during Bro. Glahn's absence. The members 
of this division extend their sympathy to 
Bro. Glahn and family. 

Burton agency closed, displacing Bro. 
Kaiser. 

Bro. Feldman, first New Franklin, was 
relieved two weeks by Bro. McCreery, and 
Bro. Akers, Madison, several days by Miss 
Mosler, extra, St. Louis. Some one line 
her up. 

Bro. Cooper, Franklin agency, Is attend- 
ing school, relieved by Wytcherley, who has 
promised. 

Bro. Hill, second Monroe, relieved during 
the holidays by McDowell, an "old-timer," 
recently returned to the service, who will 
soon be up-to-date again. 

Bro. Clay, third North Jefferson, relieved a 
few days during the holidays by Over- 
felt 

Remember our motto : *'No card, no fa- 
vors/' and It will be only a short time until 
we will be 100 per cent solid, as the nons 
are getting scarcer each month. 

Brothers, February 28th is the last day 
for paying our dues for the first half of 
1921, If you have not already paid up, do 
.MO at once and keep off the "delinquent** 
list. 

Make a note of the news items you hear * 
and mail them to me at Hlgbee about the 
15th of each month, so we can have some- 
thing in every issue of our Journal from 
all parts of the district. It is pretty hard 
for me to find out what Is going on down 
on the main line. Cert. 918. 



C, M. & St. P. Ry., Div. 23. 

Coast Division — 

Local Chairman Woods has appointed me 
correspondent for this district, and I hope 
to make It a regular thing, providing some 
of the boys on the East End will slip me 
a few notes. Would also like to hear from 
some brother on the Belllngham and Oylmplc 
divisions. 

There have been quite a number of jobs 
closed lately, reducing cost of operations 
and also letting out a few extra men, but 
all reports Indicate that we are not suffer- 
ing nearly as bad as some other lines out 
this way. Some of the men are wondering 
when the cut in wages will come. If we 
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help a great deal in holding what Wq 
have. 

Bro. Lovejoy bumped John Check off Hyak 
second. Glad to have "JX" back where he 
can keep an eye on the nons. If every mem- 
ber on this, district had as much interest 
in the welfare of the Order as Bro. Lovejoy, 
we could soon boast of a hundred per cent 
membership. 

Sister Williamson bumped Bro. McAdams, 
Garcia second, who went on a visit to Cali- 
fornia for a few weeks. 

Bro. Dickinson bid in second Sumner, his 
position "TC" Tacoma, abolished. 

Bro. Ralph Snyder returned to the hill 
after an extended trip back East to the 
oW home; went on second Kittitas for a 
few days. We arc glad to have Ralph back 



Local Chairman Woods has Just com- 
pleted a ride over the entire district, and- 
reports favorable results. The next list will 
bring many surprises, if all keep their prom- 
ises to take out a card. 

We hope there will be no delinquents on 
this district, and that we will have a hun- 
dred per cent when the next seniority list 
Is completed. 



Seattle Relay — 

One position abolished, releasing Bro. John 
Snyder, who has gone East to the old home 
for a few weeks. 

Bro. EUinger returning from several 
weeks' outing |b California, reports the roads 
were in One shape and motoring into Mexico 
very enjoyable. 

If a certain operator makes good his 
promise to take out a card this will be a 
100 per cent office. He has been holding 
out some time, and much credit is due Local 
Cbairman Woods for securing his applica- 
tion. I hope by next issue we can call 
him "Bro." Mason. 

Bro. Rejrnolds is still sporting that karat 
dauler of his. It's sure surprising how they 
do it, with the present H. C. L. n'every- 
thing. 

Now, boys, let's get together and tighten 
up on the nons, at least remember; "No 
corcf, no favors/' and do all you can to 
persuade them to come in with us. The 
dues are only $15 n. year, some divisions are 
higher. We don't lack much of 100 per cent. 
Let's make it thorough. 

Send your news items to me, 641 Henry 
BIdg., Seattle. S. N. Bblanobr, 

Cert 8790. 



R. Jf. and N, M. D<trt*ion— 

It affords me great pleasure to announce 
the election of Bra. H. C. Kealrby. our Local 
Chairman, as General Chairman of Division 
23. We will miss him in many ways, but 
our loss will be a gain to the membership 
of the whole division. We must all get 



behind him in an earnest effort to make 
his work successful. I hope we will be 
fortun.ate enough to select someone for our 
Local Chairman, who will handle our affairs 
in the same capable manner as Bro. Kearby 
did, and all extend him our best wishes. 

After relieving the agent at Lennep ten 
days, 6ro. S. S. Thornton relieved Sister 
Miles for Christmas, and then went to Har- 
lowton as cashier. Bro. Abbott relieved Bro. 
Carleton on third ^nd Bro. Ravell relieved 
Bro. Sterling there when Deer Lodge second 
closed. 

Bro. E. S. Bleichner was recently called 
to the bedside of his brother Charles, for- 
merly a dispatcher on this division, who we 
are glad to learn is now improving. 

Bro. Osterholm was off during Christmas, 
and Bro. Axtell, third Martlnsdale, was also 
off several days. Bro. Peacock at the latter 
point and Bro. Crowder at Two Dot are 
resting a little now, owing to poor times, 
and Bro. Ooggins is at Butte Yard waiting 
for a call to Deer Lodge. 

Bro. Hane, who relieved Bro. Robinson at 
Sinclair a few days, bumped Bro. Stephens 
from third Cardinal, and Bro. DeChaunt 
bumped Burghard from second there. Bro. 
Gt»o. Pittman is at Lambert. Bro. Miles at 
Piedmont has a new Dodge. 

Brothers, keep after the few nons on this 
division and give them no rest until they 
line up. Remember our motto : "^o card, 
no favors." Cert. 1660. 



Dcs Moines Division — 

Bro. Q. M. Case has been elected Local 
Chairman, succeeding Bro. Hakes, deceased. 
Let us atl pull together and eliminate the 
few remaining nons. We are very near the 
100 per cent right now. Bro. Raymond Mc- 
Gee is relieving Bro. Mongold, agent Varlna, 
on sick list; Bro. Carter, Lavina, is also on 
sick list. 

Reduction of force obliges Bro. Farran, 
agent Rockwell City, to work first there 
now. Bro. Allar^ Aird there, bid in Clive 
City agency. Bro. Roach is back on second 
there. 

Des Moines Division, South End, Hernden 
to Clive, now has a through freight train 
west at night and east in the morning, which 
formerly ran via Perry as the others do. 

Bro. E. W. Olson, extra dispatcher, is back 
on Des Moines side table from the Dubuque 
Division Dispatcher's Office. 

If you have forgotten to pay your dues, 
let this remind you that February 28th is 
the last day of grace. 

There is $6.60 in the flower fund in excess 
of the amount contriboted to pay for the 
floral piece for General Chairman Hakes 
funeral. 

Bro. Houghtalling, agent Cooper, visiting 
his old home in Indiana Is being relieved by 
Bro. W. G. Lyons from the C. G. W. 



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Dubuque Division — 

Bro. F. J. D^ark, first Marquette Yard, 
off thirty days on account sickness, relieved 
by Extra Wilkinson, Who changed off with 
Bro. J. C. Freyhage, second Marquette, and 
later went to third Guttenburg several nights 
owing to the sickness in Bro. Felder's fam- 
ily. 

Bro. Hurley, agent Lacrescent, also on the 
sick list. 

Sister Verna Nelson spent Christmas with 
friends at Cedar Rapids. 

' Bro. Anderson, agent Harmony, and Bro. 
Lambert, agent Zwlngle, are spending the 
winter in California. 

Bro. Lowe, relief agent Buena Vista, took 
six weeks oflT recently, and Bro. Ed Bock, 
agent New Albin, a week, latter relieved by 
Charles Hartley, an old-timer. 

Friends here have received the announce- 
ment of the marriage of Bro. Floyd S. Jones, 
formerly of this division, to Miss Mary 
Freitog at Portland, Ore., December 13, 
1920. 

Bro.- A. L. Yeager recently made an in- 
spection tour on the South End, intending 
to get oflC at Bellevue, but did not hear the 
station announced, hence the ride to Sa- 
vanna. 

Bro. L. E. Webb, agent Dubuque Shops, 
is contemplating a trip to Palm Beach, Flor- 
ida. Cbrt. 3605. 



LaCroaae Division — 

We understand wires are to be placed in 
Grand Crossing Tower shortly. They have 
already been placed in the interlocking plants 
at Portage Eaibt and West End. 

Bro. W. E. Jones is On third Portage 
temporarily, and Night Chief Brown is now 
working the swing job. It looks as if the 
positions abolished some time ago on ac- 
count of reduction will soJn be put back. 

Bro. Rohlhaas, who bid in third trick 
North Avenue, intends leaving his family at 
Columbus. 

Bro. W. S. Wright, second Oconomowoc, 
was off a few nights recently. 

Bro. F. J. Maker, after a long leave of 
absence, owing to poor health has resumed 
on first Tomah. 

Bro. C. S. Schroeder injured at Duplain- 
ville, and the other men doubled until relief 
came. 

Bro. J. Rebstein, agent Oakdale, visited 
his folks at Hubbellton for two weeks re- 
cently. 

Bro. M. Donnelly, first Sparta, was re- 
lieved a few days by Bro. Farnham and 
Fuller on account of sickness, and Bro. Fid- 
dler, third Oconomowoc, relieved a few days 
l)y Bro. A. E. Brock. 



E. H. Coopman, vice-president and gen- 
eral manager of the Southern Railway, wbo 
died at Washington, D. C, buried at 
Wyocena, January 8th, was formerly a dis- 
patcher on this division, leaving the busi- 
ness at Reeseville. 

Brothers, do not let this iOO per cent 
membership slogan slip your mind, but keep 
after the "turn" next to you or working with 
you, and give hlro no rest until he carries 
an up-to-date card. 

Election of delegate to the convention and 
local chairman will soon be in order. 

Kindly send your news items to 

F. J. Wbidsman^ 
119 N. Church St., Watertown, Wis. 



Mobile & Ohio R. R., DiVi 24. 
MohOe Divisiof^— 

We were greatly shocked to learn of the 
death of General Chairman Murdaugh In 
Jackson, Tenn., January 5th, of acute 
Bright'8 dlseaae. Bro. C. E. Hendley rep- 
resented our Order at the funeral, which 
was held at Toon^ Tenn., twenty-one miles 
south of Jackson, on the L C. R. R., where 
Bro. Murdau^ was bom and raised. He is 
survived by his wife and a son eleven years 
of age; a father and mother and two broth- 
ers. 

The floral designs at the funeral, which 
included one from the Grand Division of the 
Order and one also from the members of 
Division 24, were numerous and very beau- 
Uful. 

Bro. Murdaugh was our local chairman 
for the North £«nd several years previous 
to his election as General Chairman of Divi- 
sion 24, in 1916, and served continuously in 
the latter position until his death. 

We have lost a valuable member and ofll- 
cer, who will be greatly missed over the 
entire division. 

The family has our heartfelt sympathy. 

We are glad to see Bro. Hosklns back at 
Shubuts, after being on the sick list for 
some time. 

Bro. R. C. Owen bid in third Quitman ; 
Bro. J. C. Credle, second Macon ; Bro. Hussy, 
first "RK;" Bro. Adams going back on his 
regular Job, and Bro. Newton from Pea 
Vine bid in third "RK." 

Bro. Brown, Wahalak, was off a few days 
recently, and Bro. S. F. Tillery relieved at 
Okolona 'several days. 

Reform second and third, and third '*HN*' 
Columbus, ''MN*' Montgomery and Eoline, 
Montgomery District, were cut off recently, 
but business is picking up again and some 
of these Jobs will be put back in the near 
future. 

I am going to try and have a write-up 
in the Journal every month hereafter. Send 
me all the notes of interest you can to 
Macon by the 12th of the month, also get 



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heads, devote one minute In silent contem- 
plation. As hardened a sinner as I am, 
there occurred a moist sensation around my 
eyes and I noted several brothers Inad- 
vertantly reach for their handkerchiefs. 

It was with much regret that I viewed the 
small delegation present from "The Sea- 
board," for to have heard President Man- 
ion's elevating, inspiring address, many 
times merging into oratory, could but have 
broadened their' conceptions of the grand 
work that our Order has accomplished for 
us, and its bright prospects for the future. 

The meeting adjourned at 11 :00 p. m., and 
all present expressed themselves as well re- 
paid for their- attendance. 

Three cheers for our grand old Order, and 
long may It live is the prayer of Cert. 225. 



South Carolina Div, — 

The meeting Sunday, Jan. 16, 11 lOO a. m^ 
at Labor Temple, Jacksonville, was at- 
tended by Local Chairman Lyles, and Bros. 
Clin, Miller, Cox and Darland. Failure to 
attend such meetings is not the proper 
spirit to show at this time. Tou brothers 
who can attend should show enough ap- 
preciation for the situation to attend. 

You brothers and sisters on the North 
and West ends try and get to next one, 
especially those who have no Sunday work. 
Many items of interest can be learned at 
them, and it does a world of good just to 
"get together". 

Local Chairman Lyles recently lined up 
the only two nons on the North end, mak- 
ing the Jacksonville-Columbia District solid. 
Brothers, try and land the few nons on the 
River Junction line. Also the man working 
at Quincy without a card. 

Duval opened two tricks with the advent 
of the tourist season. Third Live Oak abol- 
ished and third Lake City put on for the 
winter owing to routing of freight to and 
from western points via the G. S. & F. In- 
stead of via G. F. & A. 

Bro. Kemp, of the Coast Line at Live 
Oak, is going with the Live Oak, Perry and 
Gulf Railroad as trainmaster and car ac- 
countant. We hope he will keep an "up to 
date" and also see that the boys on the Lop 
& G. are lined up. 

We are glad to see you brbthers from 
the North visit Florida, but don't come ex- 
pecting to And a job. We are overstocked 
with operators now. Cbrt. 2189. 



E, C. D<«.— 

Bro. Richardson relieved Bro. Odonald on 
report Job in the chief dispatcher's otflce 
while he and his family spent the Xmas 
holidays with home folks in Jacksonville, 
Fla. 

Sister Hearn has returned to second 
Pritchard after spending the holidays with 
her folks. 



Bro. Swank, third Andrews, who relieved 
McPherson on first "YD," also relieved Bro. 
Richardsoa on account of his little daughter 
being very ill and having to undergo an 
/operation. Later Bro. Swank had one of 
his fingers broken in a street car smashup 
and was relieved by a man from the Sou. 

Keep after the few nons and try to hold 
our 100 per cent in 1921. 

A very interesting and well attended 
meeting was held at Poston, S. C, Sunday. 
Jan. 16th, and much important business dis* 
patched in a most harmonious manner, all 
members taking an active part and a great 
deal accomplished* in a way of a fuller 
understanding of our affairs and the bring- 
ing together of divergent views on some 
subjects. Among the matters handled by 
resolution and in discussions which are 
proper to be published was the announce- 
ment by Bro. Calhoune that he did not ia- 
tend to be a candidate for re-election for 
local chairman, and Bro. Slattery, agent 
Andrews, was endorsed for the position. 
The minutes of this meeting will be inter- 
«>8tlng to all who can be present at the 
next one, to be held at Florence or Darling- 
ton. Members present were : Local Chair- 
man Calhoun. Prldgen, Slattery, Whaley. 
Pullen, Bell, T. C. and J. L. Smith, Acker- 
man, Smoak, Miller, Russell, Hobbs, News- 
man, Jenerette, Fairey and Stevens. 

Cbrt. 1764. 



Alabama Div. — 

Bro. Johnston is acting as relief dis- 
patcher. 

Bro. H. L. Carter, ticket agent VIdalia. 
was relieved several days by Bro. Q. L. 
Youmans, second there. 

Bro. A. F. Fanning, local chairman, has 
been nominated for another two years' term, 
and we hope he will be elected. 

Don't forget to remit your dues; help to 
line up the few nons left and make our 
division 100 per cent strong. We can do 
it if each member will do his part. 

I would appreciate a few items, bojrs, for 
the write-ups. None were mailed me for 
this one. H. L. Carter^ Cert. 142S. 



Virginia Div, — 

We are entitled to eight delegates to the 
Grand convention that convenes -in Savan- 
nah in May, which is the largest representa- 
tion this division has ever enjoyed. This 
was brought about by the increase of mem- 
bership. We will continue to grow when 
we aU work with one mind, binding ourselves 
together to stand for what is just and right, 
not overlooking the fact that fratemalisro 
plays the greatest part in any organisation. 

Bro. W. C. Crews, Madison Heights, Ta., 
writes that he still carries an up-to-date, 
although out of the railroad service, and 
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No doubt the fraternal items go a long 
ways to help make the journal -in tereatlnsr. 

Subscribe for ^'Labor", published weekly 
at Washington, D. C. It is working hard, 
and we need it, too. It is only |2.00 a 
year. You can send it to me if you like. 

Don't forget to pay your dues by Feb- 
ruary 28th or you will be delinquent, and 
I don't want to show any as unpaid on my 
list this time. 

Bro. Wlllianui, at Littleton, is reported 
very sick. 

Correct the seniority list recently mailed 
you. Add Bro. W. B. Nash, left off through 
an error, making to date, October 7th, 1906. 
Also Bro. J. D. Lianler, making his date 
June 15th, 1901 ; Bro. T. B. Nash. Sept 12th, 
1906. and Bro. B. B. Thacker, Jan. 14th, 
1904. The next seniority list will be mailed 
out July 1st this year. If you should want 
the seniority of any one since July 1st, 1920. 
write me and I will be glad to furnish it 

You are not all mailing me copies of your 
bid; when you fail to do this, and there is 
any question about yoiu' bid, I cannot help 
youk Do not forget this. 

Bro. W. W. Winbome, dismissed Dec. 
29th. has been reinstated. 

General Chairman Tidwell was with us a 
few days last month. 

I dtd not expect to run for local chairman 
a^n. but being asked to do so by so many 
of my friends, and apprdiciating the con- 
fidence and trust they have placed in me. 
I have agreed, and if you elect me. I will in 
the future as in the past serve you all alike 
to the best of my ability. 

Notify me if you do not receive bulletins 
properly. 

Don't forget to contribute to the "Floral 
Fund". It will not hurt you to contribute 
SO cents or a dollar a year for this pur- 
pose. It brings comfort to those whose 
hearts are saddened, and that is the object 
of the fund. 

Mrs. Newsoms, wife of our late Bro. A. M. 
Newsoms, Littleton, writes thanking us for 
th« remembrance of her husband in her be- 
reavement. 

Walter A. Jotnbr, Iiocal Chairman. 



N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., Div. 29. 
iVcw Haven Council — 

Upon the close of the meeting of Jan. 7th 
oye of our bright young members who is 
attending night school remarked : "I would 
stay out of school any night to attend a 
meeting like this". The same expression of 
pleasure coming from many of the older 
heads who were kept out of bed leads us 
to believe no better or more profitable meet- 
ioe has been held for some years. 

From 8 to 11 :30 p. m. the floor was oc- 
cupied at all times, and at that hour an 
apology had to be offered that a personal ^ 



call could not be extended to all present for 
remarks. 

The names Pierson, Manion and Ross are 
as warmly linked with the history of Div. 
29 as are those of Washington. Jefferson 
and Adams with that of the United States. 

In the role of a Grand Officer the pres- 
ence of either one always engenders respect. 
As advisers, co-workers and friends for 
many years, a more tender bond of human 
relations has been established that upon 
their return seeks expression in an appre- 
ciative way. 

To the presence of Vice-President Pierson. 
the father of Div. 29, who may truthfully be 
styled the orator of the O. R. T., may 
therefore be attributed the happy and re- 
sponsive frame of mind in which the 75 
members present were placed from the open- 
ing of the meeting. 

His address covered a review of history 
from the trials and Incidents of early or- 
ganizing up to the status and problems of 
organization today. 

An interesting account was given of. a tour 
in stumping the state of Iowa against Sen- 
ator Cummins in the primaries, the author 
of the Esch-Cunmilns bill, and again the 
state of New Hampshire against Senator 
Moses. Although vastly lessened majorities 
resulted, they were of course swept into 
office by the ensuing Republican landslide. 
A noticeable feature of the tours was the 
entire lack of personal support given by 
telegraphers in any instance. 

No less interesting and instructive was the 
account of a period of time spent at Wash- 
ington in the interest of legislation. As is 
well known, practically all of the railroad 
organizations with the reception of our own 
maintain a permanent representative there. 
What this may mean in prestige, power, 
dnd knowledge of events, may well be 
Judged from the fact that In certain quar- 
ters they were in absolute ignorance of the 
existence of the O. R. T. The evolution of 
forces in the labor world having shifted the 
center of gravity from a local to a national 
regime, no more fruitful expenditure of 
funds can be made than the maintenance 
of a permanent representative at the cap- 
ital. 

Although everything desirable of course 
has not been attained, comments were made 
on the numerical strength and high state 
of efficiency in the O. R. T. today. 

Reflections on a visit to Mexico, how- 
ever, suggested that precaution must be 
taken to guard against slipping down hill. 
Mexico was in a highly civilized condition 
when Jamestown. Va., was settled. Com- 
pare Mexico and the United States today. 
By internal warfare and strife. Mexico has 
b«*en reduced to an age of relative childhood 
in the family of nations. Organization no 
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harmony within its ranks. It is tho duty of 
every member to cultivate this relation with 
his brother workman, his local chairman, 
and every officer in the organisation. What 
patriotism is to a nation, enthusiasm is to 
an organization. It is what steam Is to 
the boiler — the driving force. Without har- 
mony and enthusiasm, organization itself 
may slip down hill. 

Many other topics of interest were 
touched upon which lack of space renders 
impractical to record. 

It may be of interest to know : Vice-Pres- 
ident Pierson is 7 years older than the Czar 
of Russia, 4 years older than the King of 
England, 18 years older than the Emperor 
of Japan, 14 years older titan the King of 
Belgium, and 6 years older than the King 
of Italy. 

Having also held office longer than any 
of the above, it seems as though Divinity 
has at least been kind to him as an arbiter - 
of human destinies despite their appropria- 
tion of power of the Divine Right to rule. 

What peoples are thinking about is of more 
worth and importance than what they are 
doing. Today the world is thinking about 
consigning all kingly pretense and power 
to the scrap heap. Still young in spirit, it 
is hoped and there is good reason to believe. 
Vice-President Pierson will be officially 
handing out nuggets o€ wisdom and advice 
in his present sphere when Finis shall have 
been written to many of the above royalty. 

A burst of applause greeted Bro. Pitch, 
an old-time friend, upon his entrance to 
the hall. Formerly on the staff In "NH", 
New Haven, he has been for some yesirs 
with a brokerage firm In Boston. His re- 
marks upon "Fratemalism" were about the 
finest it has ever been our pleasure to hear. 
In the poem with which he concluded it was 
hard to decide which to admire most, the 
beautiful sentiment or his impressive rendi- 
tion of it. 

Bro. Hazeltine, General Chairman of the 
Boston Terminal, always a welcome visitor, 
responded in new and original thought along 
the line of "The Towerman and His Point 
of View". 

Among others present who offered remarlui 
were General Chairman Handy. General Sec- 
retary and Treasurer Tiger, Ex-Secretary 
Seamon of New York, Local Chairman 
Dowd of Waterbury, Ex-Local Chairmen 
Tourtellotte and Johnson, Assistant Local 
Chairman Frank Ryan, and Past Chiefs Cul- 
ver and Brown. 

Many other old-time members being pres- 
ent, it seemed like one of the historical 
meetings of old local Division No. 29. It 
is perhaps unnecessary to state throughout 
the evening the names and memory of Pres- 
ident Manion and Vlcr-President Ross were 
not forgotten. , 

On Thursday, December 29th, Bros. 



Brown, Culver, Foster and myself called oo 
Bro. Dan Kennedy to hand him the ChrlBt- 
mas token presented by the boys from New 
Hav^n to Harlem River. We found hlxn 
smiling and cheerful In spite of his handi- 
cap. 

His appreciation and gratefulness, he nid, 
were just too great to express in words, but 
he wanted the same conveyed to the boys 
who had so kindly thought of htm. It was 
indeed a pleasure to read many of the let- 
ters sent in to note the fine, cheerful spirit 
in which they contributed to the fund which 
has amounted to over |815. These letters 
were given to Dan to read and it may be 
readily believed, he spent a really happy 
Christmas in spite of his affliction. 

Bro. Frank Ryan has been appointed As- 
sistant Local Chairman by Local Chairman 
Foster, who has not been enjoying first- 
class health of late. Bro. Ryan has recently 
covered the Canal, Air Line and Shore lAne 
divisions by freight and passenger train, 
and has proved himself a genuine hustler. 

Bro. L. P. Stevens, of East liyme, has 
been appointed on the Safety First Com- 
mittee to till the place vacated by Bro. 
Ryan. Anything pertaining to this branch 
of the service should be addressed to him. 

Bro. Geo. Thompson, of Mill River Jet, 
has been off sick for the last two weeks. 
The boys hope for his speedy recovery. 

Congratulations to Vice-President Ross on 
the advent of a Leonard Jackson Roes, Jr. 
W. B. Shalkop, Milford. Conn. 



Providence Council Notes — 

Our regular meeting, held in Providence, 
Saturday night, January 15th, was not very 
well attended. 

The proposition to change our meeting 
hall met with some opposition at this as 
well as the last meeting and the matter 
has been laid on the table until our next 
meeting in February. Come and voice your 
sentiments on this matter. This Is also the 
one at which time local officers will be 
elected, and we want all who can to come. 

Instruction as to manner in which Local 
Board of Adjustment, delegates and alter- 
nates are to be nominated by mail have 
been sent to each member by General Sec- 
retary Bro. Tiger, and If those instructions 
are carried out fully there will be no cause 
for complaint should any brother be denied 
their right In having their name stricken 
from the list. Read the Constitution and 
instructions and carry them out to the 
letter. 

Bro. J. V. E. Vashon and wife enjoyed 
two weeks in Indiana, spending the holidays 
at Garrett, Fort Wayne and Lisbon, finding 
much snow and extremely cold weather. 

Bro. Tom Ray is suffering from an at- 
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Bra Henry Savarria« third Soutbbridge 
St., sick with cold, reliered by Bro. Black* 

Bro. 0. L. Roy, studying law, is reportpd 
doing fine in his studies. 

Will the brothers on the Hope, Branch, 
South Providence, Wlllimantic, Harrison- 
ville, Wrenthani Branch and Valley Falls to 
Worcester as well as the Terminal send me 
some news for write-up? I am in no posi- 
tion to give you a good write-up unless I 
g^t your support, as the news on this branch 
i^ all I can get, and I am depending on the 
other branches for help. 

David M. Calus. Touisset. Mas.«. 



Midland JDiv.— 

William H. Dorigan, our chief dispatcher, 
passed away January 3rd at his home In 
Roslindale after an illnes of about two 
months of pernicious anaemia. Superintend- 
f'nt Hobbs, Trainmasters O'Hanley and 
Cronin were among the pallbearers. ■ 

The attendance was so large that a special 
train was operated from Boston, returning 
after the services. 

Mr. Dorigan entered the service of the 
Old Colony Railroad at Mlddleboro in 1884, 
and was made, acting trainmaster Just pre- 
vious to his illness. His loyalty to duty, 
thorough eonscientiousness and genial good 
nature made for him a host of friends. He 
was eminently fairminded and impartial, 
never once going^ back on his word. 

The magnificent floral tributes from all 
over the system were a very fitting tribute 
to his worth. 

Among those in attendance were Vice- 
President Russell, General Superintendent 
Pitzmaurice, Superintendent Spencer of Bos- 
ton, Superintendent Astley of Taunton, As- 
sistant to the General Bfanager C. N. Wood- 
ward, Assistant Superintendent Morse, H. 
W. Seward, chief of the inspection depart- 
ment of the Public Service Commission, and 
M. J. Scully of the same department. 

P. S. Vincelett, an old Midland man, hav- 
ing worked at -Putnam, Thompson, etc, dur- 
ing the early period of his railroading, suc- 
ceeds Mr. Dorigan as chief dispatcher. 

Putnam tower has been renovated and 
painted and the new passenger coach yard 
has been put into operation at South Bay. 
adding to the joy of living there. 

Sister Marris, Douglas, on the sick list, 
is being relieved by Bro. Murphy. 

About a dozen men on the spare board 
and very little work. 

Pay your dues and M. B. D. assessments 
early, so as to be fully protected at all 

Cert. 1641. 



The time was spent talking over urganiza- 
tion matters. 

Bros. McGiee and Quigley have qualified 
at Somerset and Tiverton drawbridges. The 
principal requirement for qualification 
quickly is a slight knowledge of electric 
generators and marine gasoline engines. 

The general telegraph ofiKce at . Taunton 
is being remodeled to accommodate a force 
of division accountants. The dispatchers 
and operators will be established in the 
room now occupied by the time clerks. New 
and up-to-date office equipment will be pro- 
vided. 

Nomination papers for chairman local 
board of adjustment, delegate and alternate 
to the next convention are in the hands of 
the membership. Balloting on nominees is 
the next In order. 

From the time of General Order No. 27 
to the present, the duties of local chairman 
have increased with each supplement, in- 
terpretation, amendment, addendum and de- 
cision -relative thereto, until it has reached 
the point where all of his spare time is 
occupied in performing the duties of that 
office. When he has also acquired a 
knowledge of schedule rulings, precedents, 
etc., it means a good many dollars to those 
whom he represents. 

Assignments and fiUing of vacancies are 
shown on the division bulletin notices. 

General Secretarj'-Treaaurer Tiger reports 
the membership on the eastern end of the 
road paying dues promptly, and for the en- 
tire year, which makes it much better for 
all concerned. 

A jokesmith says: "Indications from all 
directions show that the cost of living Is 
going down. The farmers, wholesalers and 
manufacturers know it, and someone ought 
to tell the retailers. They have not found it 
out yetf'. • 

The emergency tarift bill designed to give 
relief to the agricultural interests at the ex- 
pense of all the people, it appears, will be 
extended to Include practically every neces- 
sity, which presages its final passage as 
doubtfuL 

Of all 'the anti-labor papers published the 
writer tags the **Providence Journal" as be- 
ing the most aggressive. It never lets an 
opportunity pass to stab labor or its repre- 
sentatives editorially. 

Georqe Ci^rk. Taunton. Mass. 



Old Cokmy Div.-^ 

Qeneral Chairman Handy was present at 
tbe Botton meeting New Tear's e^ttUngi 



Boston Div. — 

A number of our brothers and sisters have 
had their jobs abolished, resulting in con- 
siderable bumping. Bro. Ormsby displaced 
Bro. Keating, agent Yarmouth, who dis- 
placed Bro. Boyers, second Buzzards Bay 
tower. Bro. Salisbury bid in first there, 
vice Bro. Johnson, who bid in Mattapoisett 
agency, vice Bro. Sanborn, deceased. Bro. 
Sturtevant, second Whitman; displaced lies 
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on first Middleboro, who reverts to the spare 
board. Bro. Mobbs displaced Sister Buker. 
second Middleboro; Bro. Ward displaced the 
agent at Holbrook; Bro. Jones bid in sec- 
ond Harwich, a new Job,- and Bro. Hooper 
third Yarmouth, bid in second there when 
the job was re-established. Bro. Mendosa 
bid in Montello ticket a^rency, and Bro. 
Pierce, second Hanover. .Bro. Jack Mc> 
Donald, whose Job in "S" office was abol- 
ished, bid- in the milkman's Job there. 

Bro. Baxter, Hyannis, after 44 years of 
faithful service, has* applied for a pension. 
We hope he may live many years to enjoy 
his well-earned rest. 

Will be obli^red to discontinue these write- 
ups unless some of the brothers and sisters 
send me some notes. It is now five months 
since I received any. Let*8 have a little 
more ''pep*\ 

A. R. Mason, Cert 1643. 



Dei., Lackawanna & W. R. R., Div. 30. 
Mqrria d Essex Div. — 

Bros. Harbourt and Lathrop, "MS", Pt. 
Morris, N. J., West End, went bear hunt- 
ing in the mountains around Water Gap 
and caught two bears. They have them in 
a. cage at Stanhope, N. J. 

When it eomes to talking on the dispatch- 
er's phone we will have to hand "The Flag" 
to Bro. Appelle at •1JN". 

We trust Bro. Eustice will tip us off rela- 
tive to the correct date the Boonton firemen 
are to bold their oyster supper. "I'll say" 
a crowd will climb aboard a rattler for 
Morris County to be in on this annual affair 

Bro. John S. McOee, agent South Orange, 
N. J., known as **The Terrible Judged* to 
reckless automobilists who infringe on the 
speed law, has a new cane which came from 
Palm Beach, Fla. 

Bro. Thomas Cullen, agent Sunmiit, N. J., 
has purchased a new auto which from all re* 
ports (was buUt on •'The River of Doubt") 
runs like a cyclone going up hill? 

Bro. A. Leida, reliefman from Washing- 
ton, N. J., has been working latAy mostly 
on the east end of this division. 

Bro. Norman B. Atwater, Passaic ticket 
office, is quite a speedy bowling enthusiast. 

Bro. Wm. Poplett, third "ST", Summit 
tower, gets them going when he renders 
that popular sentimental song entitled "Foi 
Every Boy Who's On the Level. There's a 
Girl Who's on the Square"! 

Bro; Chas. Rush has returned to Summit 
tower after an extended leave. 

Bro. Franklin Theodore Russel, second 
"PY", Hoboken Terminal, has developed a 
new species of Xmas tree which Santa Claus 
claims are fine biz. 

The following is Bro. A. F, Stackliouse's 
special I 



"lu the shade of the old pecan tree, 

The one with no leaves on, you see, 

Way down in a state, mild and sedate, 

In a town they call Albanee. 

'Twas there I Journeyed one day 

To confirm my ideas of a way 

To some time stay, and from cares be free, 

Down under the old pecan tree." 

Bro. Chas. Judd, third Bergen . tunnel, 19 
quite a Jazz wizard. That saxophone has 
them all 'dizzy dancing in the "Wonder 
Town", N. Y. 

Bro. J. H. Beaman, first Dover tower, has 
a new type of a sweater — red-white-and- 
blue. 

Bro. Searfoss, agent Port Mui^ray, N. J., 
is slowly reeovering from the effe<^t8 of an 
injury to his foot. 

Bro. Thomas J. Clark, first Greendell, la a 
frequent visitor at Washington, N. J. 

Bro. George Bergerman, Hoboken Termi- 
nal, has a new book called "Lightning Cal- 
culator". Nice work. 

Bro. George Eustice, first Boonton, N. J., 
acknowledged as the "Daddy" of all the 
fishermen, has been very successful this 
wHnter angling. 

Bro< Rasrmond Zeek, second Boonton 
tower, recently visited Newton and Andover 
friends several days. He was given a live 
goose, which got out of the basket In the 
baggage car passing Andover Jet., and flew 
away. Ray spent a day tracing and cap- 
turing, the bird and the third day started 
to eat it. 

Bro. Wm. Sloan, third "BO", visited 
friends around N. Y. during the holidays. 

Bro. E. L. Tiffany, formerly manager "H", 
Hoboken message office, also reliefman A. 
Salle, have taken positions 4s boat dispatch- 
ers, a new service, with headquarters in th<> 
Terminal. Bro. Leo P. O'Neill, extra train 
dispatcher, has taken Bro. Tiffany's former 
trick, and Bro. E. K. MacCau1<^y, from 
Dover, has bid on second, which he may 
land steady. 

Bro. John Carson, "YA", Hoboken, a No. 
1 operator, is holding down that fast tele- 
graph Job. 

Bro. M. M. Patterson, side table. Grove 
St., Hoboken, has a "Fur Hat", a present 
from Canada, and Bro. Jas. J. Quinn, first 
"WD", West End, blew in recently with a 
fur coat and a big diamond ring. 

Bro. Warren S. Patterson, second Bergen 
tunnel, has a new fountain pen studded with 
pearls. S. F. McClbart. 



Missouri Pacific R. R., Div. 31. 
Joplin Div. — 

Bro. Andy Nunn, second Archie, was out 
over the division a few dasrs looking after 
his interests in the race for local chair-, 
man. Bro. RuUman, from Carone, relief, ts 
a candidate and the writer was also out re- 
cently in his own Interest, there belnff qatta 

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a lively three-cornered scramble for the job 
this term. 

Bro. Gerald Roberts, second Rich Hill, had 
the misfortune to lose his residence by Are 
l&tely, with only a small amount of insur- 
ance. 

Bro. E. J. Stulz, second Harrisonville, has 
bought a cosy home. No more moving. 

Bra R. El Greenlee, Horton aerency, bid 
in Jasper agency and has bought a home 
there, Bro: R. S. Cole going back oh second. 

Bro. H. J. Stratton, second Pittsburg, bid 
in third Harrisonville, vice Bro. Tracy, to 
extra board. 

Bro. Arnold, second Butler, spent Xmas 
holidays with his wife's parents In B^ansas 
City, showing off their new girl. 

Bro. Ira Barnard has returned from a visit 
to Washington, New York. Niagara Falls, 
and other points of interest. V^^^^ ^ ^^^ 
Tork City Mrs. Barnard was taken down 
with smallpox and quarantined three weeks. 
Returning to visit her brother at Edna, 
Kansas, they found him dead, having been 
fatally burned l)y kerosene the previous day. 
A sad ending, indeed, to their trip. 

Lewis E. Harrifi, from Frisco, who bid in 
Lamar third, was promptly lined up in the 
Order. 

Bro. Hughes Murty bid in third Adrian, 
succeeded on second Cornell by Bro. Q. W. 
MUler from the Orand. Bro. Clyde Rouse Is 
on third there, a chip of the old block. His 
(iad is at Chetopa. Bro. Brown bid in 
Carthage and Bro. Moss, Webb City agen- 
cies. Sister Margaret Desmond is again at 
"X" relay. Nevada, extra, relieved on Joplin 
third by Bro. Callander. 

Bro. C. A. Vinson has returned to second 
JopUn from a visit with relatives in Kansas. 

Bro. L. R. Biggerstaff, Carona agency, is 
stm in LitUe Rock HospiUl, Bro. Rullman 
relieving. 

Crotty, Crandal and Carytown closed en- 
tirely, and Irwin and Boston block phones 
cut out, reducing them to the same level as 
those three non>telegraph stations. 

We are all pleased to learn after about 
eight months' absence, mostly in hospitals, 
that Superintendent Bevington was able to 
return to duty January 1, apparently fully 
restored to health. He enjoys the respect 
and confidence of all the employes. 

C. V. RowB, Cert 87, Local Chairman. 



Central Kansas DIv.— 

We are almost solid, thanks to the good 
work of Local Chairman Thigpen. 

Bro. Horton. who went to Topeka Star 
ftgency, was succeeded at Osawatomie 
*Wncy by Bro. Hughfv,' and he at Wilsey 
agency, by Bro. Alkens. 

Bro. Deal, "CG" first, relieved 80 days 
by Bro. Bumes, an old-timer, from Chi- 
««o. Bra Winters, "OO" third, relieved by 
Bro. Juneau, is picking flowers in CaUfomla. 



Bro. McLin, who has been off some time 
with a broken hand, is now on Bushong 
second until h^ is able to handle parcel post 
again at Gypsum City. 

Bro. Cross, Herington third, off on ac- 
count of tonsil trouble, is being relieved by 
Bro. Fowler. 

Chief Dispatcher White has been in gov- 
ernment hospital ward for some time. We 
hope for his speedy recovery. Cert. 2696. 



Ci>lorado Div. — 

Get busy, brothers, pay your dues, and 
let's not have one delinquent on this divi- 
sion. 

Thanks to Local Chairman Jones and Bro. 
Ainsteth, and a few other brothers for items, 
and don't forget we are to have & write-up 
in every Journal this year. Brothers on the 
west end, send your notes to Bro. Ainsteth 
at "GU", and on the east end send them to 
yours truly at "CA", not later than the 19th. 

We had a very 'successful meeting at 
Pueblo. Sunday, Jan. 16th, and the outlook 
for another in the near future is good. Those 
present were General Chairmen Mohler, St. 
Louis and Compton; the other brothers, Brad- 
lay. Carrol, Drake, Davis, Strait, Blkkey. 
Smith, F. E. and B. M. Norton, Hardy. 
Local Chairman Thigpen, Cent. Kansas Div. ; 
Fisher; W. H. Fyler (Clerk McCracken initi- 
ated at meeting), Rost. Johnson, Ansteth, 
Shacklett, Allen, Engle, Bunten, Gabe. Con- 
nor, Ault, Upson and Jones, Local Chairman 
Smith, D. & R G., Denver; and first district 
D. & R. G.. Pueblo; and the other broth- 
ers. Bro. Mohler gave us a good, 
snappy talk for about an hour and a half 
in regard to the condition of Division 81 and 
the progress we have made. Also explained 
the necessity of the |1.60 increase in dues 
primarily for a protective fund, and enable 
our local chairman to go over the division 
occasionally, to clean up the delinquents. 
He silenced any fears as to the question of 
a reduction as long as we stand pat. 

Bro. Compton gave us a very interesting 
and instructive talk, having come all the 
way from Salt Lake City to attend the 
meeting and confer with Bro, Mohler on the 
hospital proposition. 

Several other brothers made interesting 
talks. 

Local Chairman Jones wishes to thank 
the members of this division for their sup- 
port in making the meeting a success, espe- 
cially Bro. Smith, of Brandon, who helped 
to handle the advertising. A vote of thanks 
is extended to General Chairman Compton 
and Local Chairman Smith, D. & R. G., for 
their personal interest in our welfare by 
honoring us with their attendance. 

Bro. Bullard writes from Ruskin, Fla., his 
wife's health is improving. 

Third Boone pulled off Jan. 16th, Bro. 
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Bro. Hardy, Kads, visited his folks at 
Canyon City during the holidays, relieved 
by F. Blakeman, an old-timer from the 
Stoney Island. Operators at E^ads are now 
relieved from carrying' the U. S. mall to and 
from the post office, for which they cxtena 
their thanks to the O. R T. 

Bro. Hall, on a trip through the Southern 
states. Is being relieved by Bro. Upson, re- 
lieved by Bro. Robinson. 

Bro. Rost, third l^ueblo yard. Is now 
working a trick at "MO". 

Bro. Suiter and wife, of Otis, spent Xmas 
In Pueblo, and Bro. Jones and wife at Mc- 
Cracken. 

Bro. Adklnson Is at home at Brownell, 
after a short rtay in the oil fields. We 
hope he will soon re-enter the service again. 

Bro. Kuhl, who bumped Bro. Fisher oft 
third "RN", and was later bumped by Bro. 
Downey and relieved Bro. Whiteohurch 
while he relieved the agent ' at Leoti a few 
days on account of sickness. Bro. Morris, 
third there, was married New Year's day. 
Congratulations. 

Boys, let's keep this old division up to 
100 per, and also don't forget a few notes. 
We <;an't have a write-up without them. 

"CM", Cert 2745. 



Baltimore & Ohio R. R., DIv. 33. 

Pittsburgh Div., First Dist.— 
. We have closed the year In excellent con- 
dition, but there are still a few non-members 
among us and it Is every member's duty to 
help us make our division 100 per cent A 
card for the current tertn Is now In order 
and your remittance will eliminate a de- 
linquent list being sent your local chairman. 
A favorable decision was granted us by the 
Labor Board In regard to our claim for ten- 
twelfths of a year's vacation for 1918, and 
we should soon be receiving a back pay 
check therefor. 

Brothers Fltsglbbons and Curtis, of 
Laughlin and Marlon Junctions, are still 
putting them through the terminals. 

Bro. W. Gaimier, from Connellsville Divi- 
sion bid In "DS" extra. 

Bro. Kelley, of "DS" office, is on furlough. 

Some of our W. & P. Division offices are 
being closed Sundays. Watch out for orders 
issued either direct or relayed to these points 
during such hours and report to your local 
chairman with all possible Information. 

Bro. Wilson, Wheeling Jet, Is visiting his 
parents in Florida. 

We regret to learn of the death of a sis- 
ter of Sister Parks and extend the sincere 
sympathy of the members of this division 
to her In her bereavement 

I desire to thank Bro. Carr, West Alex- 
ander, our hard-working member, for the 
way he has helped me during my short 
period as your representative. 



Ballots have been mailed every member 
to enable them to express their choice foi 
local chairman and delegate, for which I 
am a candidate. If elected I feel positive I 
will come up to all that is expected. Be 
sure and get your ballot In. It's votes that 
elect your choice. 

S. C. DowNiN, L. C, Cert 2189. 



New York Div.-- 

It is now Bro. H. E. Hoagland, extra train 
dispatcher, and Bro. William O'Connell. 
agent and operator Bay way, N. J. Also Sis- 
ter Mrs. M. V. Madary, second trick ticket 
agent, New York. 

Bro. J. P. Miller bid In operator and clerk, 
dispatcher's office. 

Bro. Walter J. Madden has been nomi- 
nated for local chairman, and Bro. P. F. 
Sullivan for'delegate to the convention. 

Cert. 798. 



Members Cleveland 2)iv.— 

I wish to thank each one of you for your 
assistance to Bro. Ranklo, also for what you 
have done to help out in the sale of Bro. 
Shafer's lot. These kind acts will live long 
In the memory of these worthy brothers. 

Bro. Shafer advises he is able to sit up to 
his meals. Is gaining slowly, and in hopes 
of coming out of it in due time. His address 
is Tucson, Arisona, care St Mary's Hos- 
pital. He would be glad to hear from you. 

Bro. Rankin is back again, after being off 
several weeks owing to the sickness and 
death of his littie son, Alfred.* Mrs. Rankin 
Joins him In extending their thanks to all 
who assisted them in their trouble. In a 
letter to Bro. Kimberllng, Bro. Rankin says 
he has been a member of 4he O. R. T. for a 
number of years but never before has he 
appreciated what the orgranlzatlon meant to 
Its members. Let every member make this 
his or her motto: to "do as we would be done 
by." If we live up to this we will not go 
far wrong In life or death. 

A number of the members have been off 
several days,' relieved by extra men. 

Our men have been cut out of all over- 
time, but no one has been laid off by the 
closing of offices, and we understand If It is 
possible to get through the dull period with- 
out doing so that It will be done. 

Thanking you one and all for your sup- 
port. W. A. McCabb, Cert 706. 



Toledo Div. — 

We had very fine meetings at Nerval 
Hotel, Thursday evening, Jan. 20th, and 
Friday evening, Jan. 21st Local Chairman 
Stenger called to order and lots of sugges- 
tions were made and interpretations ex- 
plained relative to back pay for 1918 vaca- 
tions, which General Chairman Lewis thinks 
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It IB desired to have a large attendance 
at the Cincinnati meeting, Feb. 15tb, as sev- 
eral impoi-tant matters will come up for 
discussion at that time. 

Would like to call a meeting at Toledo 
in the near future relative to organizing an 
0. R T.'Club. There's a large number of 
operators on the other raUroads there, and 
it would be a grand way to get better ac- 
quainted, making working conditions better 
by keeping in touch with the members on 
aU the roads. Let's get busy and see what 
we can do. The "Gem City O. R. T. Club" 
at Dayton is prospering, and we should be 
able to have one Just as good as it 

Bro. F. Caddy, Wyoming, is on the sick 
list Also Bro. Canfield, Bates, second, dnd 
Bro. PhilHppi, formerly at "KM* Toledo, 
(discontinued). The latter brother previously 
rdieved for ten days, Bro. C. C. Wells, third 
Penna Jet., who was called to Mattoon, 111., 
owing to the death of his mother-in-law, and 
the sudden illness of his wife. We extend 
our heartfelt sympathy to Bro. Wells and 
family. Cbht. SOI 9. 



lias been closed. We hope business pros- 
pects will soon assume a brighter hue. 

Ctot. 142. 



CornneUsviUe Div. — 

Attendtag the funeral of his father was 
the sad mission that required the absence 
from duty several days in January of Bro. 
W. A- Reynolds, first Smithfleld. 

The generosity of the boys on this division 
was agahi manifested during January when 
a substantial purse was subscribed for Bro. 
C. M. Dunlap, confined to a sanitorium at 
Terra Alta, W. Va. 

Uneasy lies the head that is short on 
seniority these days of retrenchments. 

Bro. Chas. Brady, Johnstown, is preparing 
for his annual trek. If there is any spot 
in this old U. S. A- that Charley hasn't vis- 
ited, Rand, McNally & Co. haven't either. 

Bro. Wm. Carroll, ConnellsviUe, has re- 
reived transportation for a long pleasure hike 
Floridaward. 

The time is now here when 1920 cards 
are distinctly out of date. 

Have you decided how you are going to 
spend your 1918 vacation money? 

Several violations have occurred recently 
of the rules of our Agreement, owing to the 
instructions of railroad offlcei^ unfamiliar 
therewith and not because of any intent on 
their part to vloUUe them. None of the 
members affected made any report thereof, 
and corrections were made only after your 
local chairman became acquainted with facts 
through other sources. Such disinterested- 
ness on the part of our members will simply 
result in harm to our organization. Let's 
prove that we are interested in our own 
welfare by making a report to our own local 
officer when such things occur. 

Despite the drastic retrenchment being 
made almost daily in other departments, but 
one office, practically a temporary position. 



Newcastle Div. — 

Bro. B. B. Jdnes, for years operator on 
Newton Falls first, but later cashier first 
National Bank, died Jan. 16th, at his home 
there, of pneumonia. 

Bro. McLaughlin, third Newton Falls, bid 
in second there. 

Bro. Quay, first Nlles Jet, and wife vis- 
ited friends in Pittsburgh, Jan. 4th and 5th. 
Bro. Nichols displaced Bro. Clewell on 
second at Nlles Jet 

Oirard, "MO" and "XN" towers closed. 
Bro. O'Connor, third "XN", went to third 
"BD" tower, vice Bro. Horrisburger to third 
Nova; Bro. Weinman, second "XN" to sec- 
ond "BD" tower vice Bro. Ault to third "TF" 
tower; Bro. Brenneman, first "XN" to first 
"TF' tower vice Bro. Glidden to third Ra- 
venna ; Bro. Carpenter, second Qlrard to sec- 
ond "TF" tower and Bro. McQannon, first 
•MO" to second "FS" tower. 

New seniority lists Just out show a total 
of 108 members. Lets not be satisfied until 
we can make out the list, knowing that each 
name thereon represents a member. Tour 
individual support is required in order to do 
this. 

Another year has come to a close, also an- 
other term of office for all of your officers 
in Div. 88, and the terms of the Grand Divi- 
sion officers terminate In Biay. It Is now 
time to nominate and elect delegates to the 
next session of the Grand Division. 

Please send any notes you have for Thi 
Teudorapher to me by the 20th for publica- 
tion in the following issue. 

R. QUDDON, Cert 1998. 
542 S. DePeyster St, Kent, O. 



Indiana D<v.— 

The General Committee has ruled that 
where the senior applicant for a position is 
disqualified by legitinmte reasons from ac- 
cepting a bulletined vacancy, such position 
may be awarded the following senior ap- 
plicant without the position being advertised 
a second time. This does not prevent the 
person originally entiUed to the vacanoy 
from going through the usual routine of 
filing a grievance, or appealing for exam- 
ination. 

Local Chairman Donovan, of Brownstown, 
has amiounced that if he is elected as dele- 
gate to the next convention, he will expect a 
letter from each member giving his views 
on the improvements they desire to be taken 
up by him at the convention. Also, If re- 
elected local chairman, he will attend the 
local chalrmens convention of Division 88 
and will need written statements from the 
Indiana Division membership regarding mat* 



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tors affectinsT the B. & O. rules which they 
wish to be handled by him as their repre- 
sentative. Address, A. A. Donovan. Box 13, 
Ewlnff, Indiana, using United istates maiL 
Div. Cor., Cert. 1886. 



Chicago Division-^ 

Bro. W. A. RInehold, third' Klmmell, Ind.. 
has been appointed to represent us on Safety 
Phrst Wbrk during 1921. succeeding Bro. 
Foley. You are Icindly urged to furnish him 
with any notes you have pertaininfir to safety 
or of any unsafe practices you may observe. 

Bro. A. D. Winner, formerly agent at 
Walkeryon, Ind.. is now relief agent on this 
division. 

Bro. Rock is back at Attica Junction, after 
a trip through Michigan, and Bro. H. A. 
Hesse, agent at Hoytville, O., after a trip 
ttirough Wisconsin, both visiting relatives 
and friends. 

We are very glad to hear that Bro. F. W. 
Sutherlin, "FD," working extra at Garrett 
and Auburn Junction, . has been transferred 
from Division No. 17 to Division No. 33. 

Bro. Bller spi>nt first part of January in 
Baltimore on Grievance Committee Work and 
making preparations for the election in Feb- 
ruary, 

We are again urged to subscribe for 
"Labor/* Two dollars a year, which also 
makes you a member of the Plumb Plan 
League and brings this very interesting 
weekly to you for one year. 

Brothers, keep after the nons as it is 
absolutely necessary to be thoroughly or- 
ganised. Don't give up until we are one 
hundred per cent. 

We expect to have several of the exclusive 
agents lined up shortly. Things looking very 
favorable. 

Get busy and help that we may hold the 
fruits that the organization has struggled 
so hard to get during the past few years. 

Some brother start something and send 
me some notes. J. H. Glick, 

Cert. 2063. 



Chicago & Eastern Ml. R. R., Div. 34. 

Brothers, read the general committee's re- 
port several times until you understand it 
thoroughly. It is the best this division has 
ever received. This pamphlet style will suit 
the average member, owing to its convenient 
sise. being easy to file away. The headings, 
etc.. are nicely arranged and the General 
Committee is to be heartily congratulated 
for the magnificent style in which report 
appears. The information contained therein 
is surely gratifying, especially the subject, 
'*Pre8tnt Day Problems," and the "Boring 
From Within Squad/' this latter is the most 
feared weapon of organized labor, as it 
spreads untruthful propaganda against our 
organisation and its leaders. Luke warm 
members are always looking for some excuse 



to drop out and spread dissension >vithin our 
ranks. When union laborites get to flghtin^ 
among themselves, then they become **F18H" 
for "Big Business" and are easily cleaned. 
So we must not allow ourselves to be led 
astray by the thoughtless words or actloni* 
of the unwise. • 

Page eight of the General Committee's re- 
port says : **We have more divMon funds in 
our treasury than at any time in our hie- 
tory." • This, is interesting in itself and has 
been made possible by the diligent work of 
the various officers. 

The year Just closed leaves our division In 
good condition financially, enjoying an Al 
schedule with working conditions and rates 
equal to any other road entering Chicago; 
but 1921 is before us and will be no more 
and no less than we make it. The report 
shows that our division contains four hun- 
dned and seventy-four positions with a mem- 
bership of over five hundred, and we can 
maintain this 500-mark by prompt remit- 
tance of our dues^ 

Bro. Pickering secured Morocco agency and 
has moved his family there. He Is now 
within "Fording" distance of Watseka, and 
paid yours truly two visits already. 

Don't send personal checks to St. LfOuis 
for M. B. D. assessments. Secure a draft 
from the local bank for such remittances or 
a money order from your postmaster or ex- 
press a^ent. Ten cents does not seem very 
much, but when thousands of members re- 
mit personal checks it creates a useless ex- 
pense to the organization. 

If you have not yet subscribed for "Labor," 
published weekly at Washington, D. C, re- 
mit 12 direct or to yours truly and It will 
be sent you. 

If any of you brothers have misplaced 
the '*yellow cards" issued by the General 
Committee, we will be glad to advise you 
who are still listed thereon, so you may 
know who are yet to be shown the light. 

Please mail in the information blanks re- 
cently sent you, properly filled out at once 
as requested by the General Committee. 

Cbht. S20. 



lllmois and 8t, Louis Division — 

On account of the ''Big Four" taking over 
the E. & I., the Illinois and St. Louis Divi- 
sion is now Nos. 3 and 4, that is subdivided 
as District No. 3, Findlay and Pana dis- 
tricts from Villa Grove to "MI" St liouls. 
inclusive. This is account of the Chicago 
Division having more than enough members 
for two delegates and not enough for three, 
and the Illinois Division having more than 
enough members for one delegate and not 
enough for twa District No. 4, Illinois Divi- 
sion, from Fairground to Thebes, fnclushre. 
including Joppa Branch. 

Bro. Jones, second 'TN" Tower, was off a 
few days owing to the Illness of his son. 



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Bro. K N. Layman bid In second "OW" 
S&Iem. 

Bra R. H. Porter, working as yardmast#r 
at Pana, ninety days, relieved at "MI" St. 
Louis by Bro. R. H. House. 

Bro. W. R. Satterlee attended a basket- 
ball same at Salem recently. 

Bro. Ogden la now cashier at West Frank- 
fort, vice Bro. W. F. Regenold. and Bro. 
Qoddard is agent at Ina. 

The boys at Tuscdla have been reliev^ 
of the U. S. MaiL President Manion has 
taken up the matter of having all brothers 
relieved of this work, meanwhile General 
Chairman Skiles is making local adjustments 
where the mall is heavy iil accordance with 
the provisions of our schedule. 

Bro. R. E. Montgomery bid in Westridge 
asency, vice Bro. H. J. Rudey, who goes to 
extra list 

Bro. C. B. Stanley, third Johnston City, is 
recovering from an attack of Lumbago. 

Bro. Suttan, former agent Klnmundy, who 
has been off several months with his eyes, 
is still unable for duty. He has the sincere 
sympathy of all the brothers. 

Bro. Casey Jones, St, Elmo, was reUeved 
a few days by Bro. Gilbert Odum. 

Bro. J. E. Smalling, Neilson third, is on 
the sick list, relieved by Bro. Lee. 

Bro. Cauble has renewed his lease with 
Bro. H. C. Humphrey, third Marion, for 
Upper No. 3, for 1»21. 

Brothers, we have only the balance of this 
month in which to pay our dues and M. B. 
D. assessments without becoming delinquent, 
better remit today before you forget it. 

Now is the time to keep ourselves organ- 
Ixed, should anything occur that isn't satis- 
factory, call on yours truly and get !t 
straightened out. 

Many thanks to the brothers who sent 
me the news. I hope more of you will do so 
hereafter. Send it as Boon as you hear it, 
so we can have a write-up every month 
and keep each other posted. 

Kapp Odum, Cert. 353. 



return, Moore remained on second, while 
Bro. Lloyd took several days off. 

Hand your notes to any of the boys at 
Dewey so we can have a good write-up each 
month for this district. 

E. J. Mhrcbr, a. L. C, Cert. 422. 



Terre Haute Districf— 

Bro. E. W. Rogers, Oakland Shops, who 
relieved Bro. Rowland, second Brewer, a few 
days during the holidays, later relieved Bro. 
Hunt, second Cory, several days. 

Bro. Q. A. Royal, second Gessie, is being 
relieved by Bro. Wm. McGInnis, and he on 
third there by Bro. J. F. Trubey, extra. 

Bro. Walter Williams is having the small- 
pox, relieved by H. A. Dewitt, a new man. 

Bro. E. J. Mercer, third Dewey, has re- 
turned from several weeks' honeymoon, re- 
lieving Bro. R. W. Keller, who resumed on 
■econd there again, vice A. A. Moore, who 
went to "OC" Junction, where he relieved 
Bro. Ltoyd on second, who relieved Bro. Joley 
w third a few dayi. After the Utter't 



C, R. I. & P. Ry., Div. 35. 
General Offices — 

Topeka — Being In Chicago on committee 
work last month, did not get in a write-up. 
Sorry to miss it but that is only one of about 
four in the past six years. 

EHection time is drawing near and there 
seems to be more interest than usual, several 
having announced themselves as candidates. 
They are all fine fellows and worthy of any 
man's vote. I am a candidate for re-election 
and solicit your support. Have done my 
best for all concerned and if re-elected will 
continue to do so, but if you feel a change is 
necessary, the successful man will have my 
unqualified support for the ensuing two 
years. 

The Topeka Club had a nice time the night 
of January 14th. Quite a bunch of operators, 
accompanied by their families and friends, 
gathered at Hamilton Hall, bringing basket 
lunches. After a short musical entertain* 
ment and some dancing, we had the feed, 
which was a real spread. Bro. Rollin was 
the "man behind the pot," and if Fred Har- 
vey had been there he would have had Rollin 
under contract to make coffee for him by 
this time. After supper we danced some 
more. This was Just an experiment to see 
how they would turn out. Those who weVe 
skeptical along those lines have changed 
their minds, and we will have more social 
affairs later on. 

The club held its regular meeting on Sat- 
urday night. January 16th, and elected as 
officers for the present year : President, Bro. 
Stover, re-elected; secretary-treasurer, Bro. 
Rollin; vice-president, Bro. -Wardlow. A 
permanent committee on entertainment was 
appointed, also a committee to locate a dif- 
ferent meeting place. 

The state of Kansas is in the throes of a 
bitter fight just now between the Non- 
partisan League and those opposing it. Gov- 
ernor Allen being lined up with the latter. 
He has given out several of his character- 
istic Interviews recently and Governor 
Frazler, of North Dakota, replying to him 
through the daily press, in effect says: If 
the newspapers are quoting Governor Allen 
correctly, people may conclude that he fears 
the truth about the league, and perhaps the 
effect the adoption of its policies would have 
on the railway, milling and banking Inter- 
ests of Kansas and the political conditions of 
the state. Governor Fraaier in closing his 
reply sa3rsi 

"North Dakota over-Bub«crlbed every lib- 
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second by the higlieet per cent of any state. 
The Red Cross allotment was over-subscribed 
by 28S per cent. The Y. M. C. A. allotment 
was doubled. In Attorney Qeneral Palmer's 
'red' raids not an arrest was made In North 
Dakota. The state was one of the first to 
protect absent soldiers by a moratMlum and 
was the first state to pass a soldiers' bonus 
law and its figrure of |26 for each month is 
the highest bonus in the nation. Is loyalty 
a matter of action or merely of words?" 
R. D. Sromt, Local Chairman. 



JllinoiB Division^ 

Bro. Leahy, Blue Island, sick a week, re- 
lieved by BiXh Frick, and Bro. Thompson, 
Peoria Yard, sick several days, relieved by 
Bro. Fianigan. Bro. Bast ofC sick, also Bro. 
Hockendoner, of Ottawa, former relieved by 
Bro. McBeth, latter by Bro. Irwin. 

Bro. Raymond relieved at Silvls Yard re- 
cently, also Bro. Coughlin, while latter was 
at "RK" Rock Island •'DI." and then re- 
lieved Bro. Rinehart Bro. Jackson also re- 
lieved Bro. Coughlin at Rock Island, re- 
cently. 

Bro. Andy Oumps, Onion Town, relieved 
by Bro. Hedstrom ; Bro. Raymond relieved 
Bro. Alspach, while latter was visiting in 
Missouri, and Bro. E. W. Bell was a recent 
Chicago visitor. 

Bro. Walker has returned from a visit in 
Nebraska. 

Bro. Carter bid in Auburn Park ticket 
agency. 

The agent at Tinley Park quarantined sev- 
eral weeks with smallpox, relieved by his 
cl^k until another agent checked fn. 

Nominations are beinir sent in for local 
chairman, delegate and alternate this month. 
Cbrts. 770 AND 2046. 



L<}ui9iana Division — 

This division is coming to the front since 
oil was struck at El Dorado. OU magnates 
from all over the U. S. ,are arriving dally, 
and if their surmising is correct we shall 
soon have the largest oil field in the world. 
This means more business for us and also 
more positions. 

Bro. S. L. Allison, of Vick, spent the holi- 
days In Texas with relatives. 

Bro. Dan M. Brett bid in Tinsman third 
temporan^ relieved at Ivan by Bro. D. C. 
Arnold, of Lillie. 

Boys, if you have not paid up your dues 
for this half, do so. Now as never befor(> 
we need to be 100 per cent strong. 

Don't forget our next meeting. We have 
many things to discuss and want every 
brother who can do so to be present. 

C«BT. 1728. 
De9 Moines Valley Division — 

Brothers and Sisters, help me line up F. 
L. Joy, agent Chariton; H. A. liason, acrent 
Purdy; Mrs. Bva Moore, second Beech, and 



.J. A. Palmer, agent Croton, and keep me 
posted of any late arrivals so that we can 
start action immediately on them. 

The General Committee convened in Chi- 
cago recently to talk over rules and inter- 
pretations with the management and request 
that the inequalities of Interpretation No. 8 
be rectified. An appeal is bein^r made to 
the Wage Bocu*d. Many other important mat- 
ters brought up will be disposed of in the 
near future. 

All cases of trainmen using the phone for 
orders should be reported to Qeneral Chair- 
man Kay, or myself, with full particulars, 
and a copy of the order or orders copied by 
them if possible. With proper co-operation 
from you brothers on the Short Line, I am 
sure we can have this unjust practice discon- 
tinued. Lend me a helping hand. 

In order to keep watch on what your sena- 
tors and representatives are doings in Wash- 
ington, D. C, I would suggest that every 
reader subscribe for '^lAibor/' published there 
under the supervision of our recognised rail- 
road organisations. The price, $2 per year. 
Is reasonable for a weekly publication not 
depending on advertisements for its exist- 
ence. 

Agents, cut out the students in your of- 
fices. They will take your pUoe as soon as 
they are capable at a less salary than you 
are able to work for and keep a family. Ask 
for a clerk if there is more work than you 
can do in the eight hours. 

Don't wait for your officers to waste post- 
age, requesting you to pay your dues. Re- 
mit promptly and also be sure to pay your 
insurance assessments. We never know when 
we will be called and a few dollars Invested 
while you are here may enable the O. R. T. 
to step in at a mighty good time for the 
widow and children left without a bread- 
winner. 

Brothers and Sisters, help me to make thlB 
division 100 per cent, it can be done now 
with a little effort op your part. If you 
know of any news Items, forward it to Sister 
Bessie Funk, operator Oskaloosa, and she 
will handle it for us, so that we may have a 
good write-up each month in the Journal, 
and ever remember, **No card, no fcwors." 

We are glad to have Bro. F. L. Joy, agent 
Chariton, Iowa, with us a^ain. By mistake 
I had him classed as a non, but he is now 
up-to-date. M. A. Sandmkxr, 

Local Chairman. 



Dee Moinea Valley Division Notes— 

Belfast, Kilbourne and Sand Prairie olosed, 
and Operator Keota abolished ; Bro. Sanford 
relieved Bro. Life, agent Carlisle, a few days, 
recently while latter visited friends in Oska- 
loosa. Bro. Price of Beadon, Bro. Love of 
Givin and Bro. Goschke of Eddyville were 
Ottumwa callers January 18th; Bister Han- 
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H. C. Hanley. of Sibley, over Sunday, re- 
ceitly. and Bro. J. B. P. Loving, Oslcaloosa 
third, visited his parent? in Mt Pleasant, 
CbristiDas and New Year's. 

Bro. Jemison, third Bvans, off duty a week, 
thivatened with appendicitis. Cert. 609. 

Colorado Divi9ion — 

During my many years of membership I 
have worked with many local chairmen, but 
Bro. Olesen has them aU beat for progressive 
aggressiveness. New men are reqvilred to 
give card numbers immediately handed the 
necessary paper, and members who become 
deUnquent are taken to task in no uncertain 
terms tor their reaction. 

There are only two phases of industrial ex- 
istence. Progress and reaction against prog- 
ress. The dividing line between the two Is 
too narrow to stand on. We may be just 
acrosB the line in progress* or just across it 
in reaction. The person across the line in 
progress (from a union viewpoint) ia a card 
carrier, paying Tiis dues, and just across th^ 
line in reaction is the chronic delinquent. 
Most telegraphers in this division are stand- 
ing faiside the line of progress with Bro. 
Olesen leading the way. 

If the U. S. fleet should be called to Hawaii 
and left San Diego at full speed, some would 
break down, some would be left behind be- 
cause of slow speed and only a few perhaps 
reach the islands together. The enemy being 
there In fuU strength *?ould wipe out each 
unit as it arrived. This is exactly the case 
with the labor movement. If a man breaks 
down (fails to pay his dues) and is given 
no assistance (admonished for his error) he 
falls out and we lose his unit of strength 
(financlaUy and numerically) for the final 
test of strength with the ••enemy," and only 
the swift (or more progressive) being? left 
to meet the ''enemy*' would be obliged to 
"head In whUe the heading was good," and 
accept defeat, because of the delinquent and 
neglectful. 

We can be thankful for the interest of 
our division that Bro. Olesen is ono who 
win not permit the fleet to be scattered in 
such a manner and takes the necessary action 
to keep the members of the "fleet" in flght 
Ing trim. 

Paying dues ia the first step in the line 
of progress ; giving encouragement and help 
is putting reaction sUll further from you. 
Let* 8 aU be progressive and stay up-to-date, 
and occasionally give Bro. Olesen a note of 
encouragement, let him know your likes and 
dislikes, insofar as they can be of use to the 
furtherance of progress in the Order. And 
vote for "Oley" for local chairman and dele- 
gate. 

We are very sorry to learn that Sister 
Qarher broke her leg, December 31st. at 
Flagler, and extend her our sympathy. 
Only two nons on the division January 5th. 



and they are new men who have given Bro. 
Olesen their promise to line up as soon as 
they get a pay check. Two delinquents re- 
main. Bro. Rabourne, Almena, relined up 
with us, also Bro. J. B. Ernest, who says 
he was unjustly accused of teaching teleg- 
raphy while at Dresden. We are sorry the 
misunderstanding existed with htm. Instead 
of staying out for a year, he should have 
explained the matter at the time and cor- 
rected the misrepresentation. 

This is a last call for your dues before 
becoming delinquent. Tour M. B. D. assess- 
ments must be paid before February 28th 
or your certificate Is void. Our dues are 
only $14 per year, while the S. P. has a flat 
$20 rate. A number of other divisions have 
the same rate. It Is to the credit of our 
General Chairman and G. S. & T. that ours 
has been kept so low it shows them very 
excellent business men, whom we can feel 
proud of. CZRT. 774. 



Illinois Central R. R., DIv. 36. 

Louisiana Division — 

Bro. V. L. Hlnes resigned Cynthia to join 
the navy. We all wish him well. Bro. Hutch- 
inson relieved him, pending bulletin. 

Bro. Jno. Boudousqule bid in Madison 
agency, vice Bro. Sam Page. 

Bros. Duke and Merkle of Yazoo City, an«1 
Bro. Bullock, Eden, with the latter's bird 
dogs have returned from several days' suc- 
cessful quail and Rice bird hunt Bro. Reh- 
feldt, "JD" Jackson, was also quail hunting 
near Flora recently. 

Bro. Head, "JD," visited a few days In 
New Orleans, relieved by Bro. is^ennon, and 
Bro. White, "JD," in Meridian, relieved by 
Bro. Fugate, who with his family spent the 
holidays in Louisville, Ky., visiting relatives. 

Bro. White, "JD." took a trip over the 
hot sands recently. He has purchased a 
brand new Ford, and will give all the O. R. 
T. boys a sight-seeing trip around Jackson, 
providing they buy the stuff that made John 
T>. famous. 

Sunday, January 16th, Chairman Mash- 
burn held two meetings at Jackson, Miss., 
about 20 of the faithful attending. Matters 
of considerable importance were discussed. 
Bro. Mashburn was nominated for local 
chairman and delegate; Bro. W. B. Sanders, 
alternate; Bro. J. R. Toungblood, delegate- 
at-large. and Bro. R. S. Brent, alternate. 
Bro. Heldelburg previously nominated for 
local chairman withdrew, making Bro. Mash- 
burn's nomination unanimous. 

Bro. "Pete" Cummings, of New Orleans, 
now a pensioner, is reported ill. We all wish 
him a speedy recoverj'. Sister Julia Cum- 
mings. Summit, Miss., one of our oldest mem- 
l>«>r.s has applied for pension. 

Bro. C. G. Hayes, now with the Southern 
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cnts, Bro. and Mrs. J. G. Hayes, of Yazoo 
City. 

Bra; Witherspoon has been promoted to 
Chief Opr. "BD" New Orleans, vice C. J. 
Davis, promoted to manasrer of telesrraph and 
telephone in the terminal. 

Bro. J. O. Phipps reinstated to his old job 
at Flora, says he has parted company with 
'Jake." 

I wish to thank Bros. White, Brrlnger, 
Rhodes and Mashbum for notes. 

All tofirether for 100 per cent, don't permit 
your name to be rc^d at the February meet- 
incT as delinquent. Cbrt. 503. 



Will irive you the names of the nous as 
soon as I get a revised list from Bro. Shan- 
non. Remember "No card, no favor9." 

J. J. Da¥I8^ L. C, Cert 666. 



SpiHngfield Division-^ 

Bro. S. D. Berkler, said to be the fastest 
driver in Macon with his -new Bulck, was 
married recently and took a two weeks' 
honeymoon East Bro. William H. Rooker 
relieved by Bro. O. L. Oxley at Pawnee 
Junction, was also married recently and 
took his bride on their wedding trip to New 
Orleans, Memphis, and to his old home in 
Arkansas. Congratulations and best wishes 
to the happy couples. 

Bro. W. R. Barber, Divernon, while visit- 
ing relatives in Missouri, was relieved by 
Bro. Lloyd Lane. 

Bro. R. F. Harford bid In Thomasville, and 
Bro. W. J. Aldrich, Sabina agency. 

Bro. O. S. Jackson has been promoted to 
train dispatcher at Clinton. 

Mall your notes to A. L. Aldrich, Pawnee 
Junction. Dlvemon P. O., 111. Cert. 1223. 



C, B. & Q. R. R., Div. 37. 

Relay Division — 

Bro. S. L. Layton, who worked in "GO/* 

• Chicago, quite a while, Is now at "CW." 

Ottumwa. Glad to have him with us again. 

Bro. R. M. Schlaf is acting manager and 
W. C. at Ottumwa, vice A. N. Butler, now 
In the superintendent of telegraph office. 

Bro. C. V. Ellison has his Paige car back. 
after being in a smcushup. He relieved Bro. 
Atherton, second W. C, Burlington, on a 
trip to Aurora, recently. 

Bro. W. H. Wlnchell and family spent 
Christmas with his father and mother In 
Alma, Mich., and Bro. A. B. Coats and fam- 
ily, with relatives in St Louis. 

Bro. Redmond bid in third W. C. at Ster- 
ling, Colo. 

Bro. Latchford has returned to Casper, 
Wyo. We hope everyone will pay their 
dues promptly for the first half of the year 
and' get an annual if possible. If we ever 
needed a card we sure need It now. Let's 
make this division solid. Cert. 65. 



Minnesota Division — 

Second Glenvllle and third at ''C^^' Wat- 
erloo, and Farley abolished. Watch the 
thirty-day clause in our schedule, brothers, 
and assert your seniority to avoid going on 
the extra list, also note the move of the 
railroads as published in your daily papers 
for the abolishment of the National Adjust- 
ment Boards and the National Agreements, 
which if successful will be a blow to all 
organizations. Pay up and support your 
organization so we Telegraphers may be In 
a position to handle anything necessary. 

Bro. Ivory Is recovering from the Injury 
slstaJned some time ago and expects to soon 
resume on second Galena Tower. 

The new seniority list has been sent to 
Bro. Shannon for printing and will be dis- 
tributed to the members as soon as finished. 

The proposed meeting at Dubuque has been 
postponed on account of poor train service, 
making It Impossible for the members to 
get there and return same day. Let me have 
your suggestions where it would be best to 
hold one. 

Send me a few notes each month as to 
what is going on, and will try to get them 
In The Tbleorapher each month uDtil I 
can find a correspondent. 



Beardstown Division — 

Sister Bridges, third Litchfield, was re- 
lieved several days by Sister Hathaway. 

Assistant Chairman Matsler, Centralla. is 
having some hard luck. His wife had the 
misfortune of being bitten by a dog, requir- 
ing the attention of a specialist. And his 
wife's mother, who Is 94 years ofd, is in 
very poor health. 

Bro. Postlewalt, third 107, took his wife to 
th^ hospital, where she withstood a suc- 
cessful operation for appendicitis and is 
getting along nicely. 

I want to thank the brotheVs and sisters 
south of Centralla for their assistance, so 
promptly given In anything I ask them to 
do. Co-operation without the growl is what 
has made us solid here. 

Bro. Kortle, Beardstown Relay, down here 
on a hunt a few days ago, complained of the 
bad shells and bum gun he has. The rab- 
bits just simply won't fall over dead. 

Block 104 has been under the supervision 
of the Brookfield Division for the last few 
weeks, Bros. Gray and Francis holding that 
position. The former has returned to 
Brookfield Division, but Bro. Francis Is go- 
ing to stay with us. Notice the preilx 
"Bros/'f That's what It takes to get along 
here. 

Bro. Wright, ArenzvlUe, who has been on 
the sick list, was relieved by his wife. In 
the absence of an extra agent. 

Don't worry about your sals^ry being cut 
until It is cut. Keep all that kind of noise 
"quiet." The less you stir it the less dust 
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cases the past two years, up in March, we 
won SI and lost only one. 

C. W. MCCONNELL, L. C. 



La Crosse Division — 

It is now Bros. F. W. Gibbons, G> R. Pot- ^ 
ter and R. C. Scholmeier. 

Bro. Gibbons, first Pepin, relieved several 
days by Bro. J. R. Howard, who later re- 
lieved Bro. Tate at Nelson and Bro. Fetting, 
Maiden Rock, while he relieved Bro. Paul 
at Pordy. 

Bro. Gilbertson, third Pra Du Chien, re- 
lieved a few days by Bro. Ringerbaclc, and 
Bro. Plihal, third Crawford, by Bro. Staben. 
Bro. Crawford, first Dayton Bluflt Yard, was 
also off several days, and Bro. R. C. Schol- 
meier. who relieved, Bro. Cullen, Bast 
XVlnona third, also relieved Bro. Slouther, 
third Hager, while latter relieved Bro. Otto 
Sands, the agent there, a few days. 

Bros. Krtieger and Coleman doubled at 
South Junction while Bro. Wilson was on 
Uie sick list until Bro. Tucheck, who pre- 
viously relieved Bro. Dyer at Grand Cross- 
ing, came to their rescue. Bro. Qordy, sec- 
ond Division Street Tower, and Bro. Sterling, 
lirst Savanpa Tower, also on sick list sev- 
eral days, latter relieved by Bro. Stouvenal. 
Bro. McGrath called on the local chairman 
at La Crosse recently and paid several of 
the brothers' dues, 

Bro. F. W. Frommelt bid in second 
Savanna Tower; Bro. Joe Frommelt, second 
Nelson, and Bro. L. C. Mowming, second 
LyUe. 

Bro. E. W. Howard relieved Bro. Meill. 
Fountain City second, and Bro. O. G. Her- 
manson, second Trempealeau, several nights, 
latter spending holidays with his parents at 
Prescott Bro. A. W. Paul, Chelsea, was off 
several days recently. 

Temporary operator job at Whittoh pulled 
off on account of slackening up of Govern- 
ment business there. 

Bra Rupp relieved on the car desk in the 
dispatcher's offlce by Bro. Wagner, relieved 
day ^nd night chiefs. 

All of our eleven extra men are now ear- 
ning cards except one, who has the blanks. 
Let us all give these extras preference and 
not call on some outsider living in our vicin- 
ity. By making requests for relief a suffl- 
cipnt time in advance, it can be arranged 
for our brothers on the extra list to relieve 
ns. The extra m^i should keep Local Chair- 
roan White posted on their movements. 

Thanks to Bros. H. C. Brown and White 
for their items. Cert, 216. 



Brookfield Division, Eaai End — 

Bro. Doolin, second St Catherine, was oft 
a few days recently. Bro. Scott, third St 
Catherine, bid in third Clarence. 

Bro. Nichols, second New Cambria, is on 
the sick list. 

Bro. Hlpklns is still at Anabel, Mo. 



Bro. L. H. Sherry is working a ticket job 
in St. Louis. 

Brothel's, r«»member that your dues must 
be paid not later than Feb. 28th or you 
w'Wi he delinquent An annual card will 
save time and trouble to you as well as Bro. 
Rogers. Get one now. Apply "No card, no 
favors," to the nons. A delinquent is just 
as bad. if not worse, than a nbn. 

Some of you brothers on West End send 
in a few notes and lot us know what is go- 
ing on over there. Cert. 1480. 



Hannibal Division — 

Local Chairman Mays, Elsberry, visited 
his son, Malcolm, several days, who recently 
underwent an operation for appendicitis, 
and we are glad to learn is improving. 

Elsberry ticket office was entered Sun- 
day, recently, the intruders breaking a win- 
dow and smashing the money drawer, but 
Bro. Cramer had taken the cash with him 
when he went off duty, and they had their 
labor for their pains. 

Bro. Moypr, who bid Into Lincoln Relay, 
was a recent Elsberry visitor. 

Bro. BrInkley, third Lagrange, spent the 
holidays visiting friends in Arizona, relieved 
by Bro. Eckert, who also relieved the agent 
at Annada several days on account of sick- 
ness. Bro. Foley was off a few days re- 
cently for the same cause. 

Sister Gist was relieved at Kissenger sev- 
eral days by Miss Adams. 

While a freight was standing on the sid- 
ing at Flrma recently a couple of "bums" 
stole a nice ham from Bro. White's meat 
house. We must look after "our hams" on 
this division, and see that they all keep 
up to date. 

Some of the boys have already received 
their annual transportation and the others 
are expecting theirs any day now. 

You good brothers on the North End, 
also on the high line, send me some news. 

Cert. 18. 



St. Joseph, Mo., Division — 

Owing to the death of his mother-in-law. 
Bro. B. S. Anderson, second Waldron, was 
relieved several days by Bro. J. M. Wilson, 
who also relieved Bro. E. M. Watson, third 
Block 36, ten days on account of sickness. 

Bro. J. A. Wilson, Weston, visited with 
his mother at Warrenburg, Mo., several days 
recently. 

Bro. Acord, third Bigelow, is off for a 
moirth, and Bro. Moore, second Armour, is 
relieving on first there also for a month. 

Helpers recently, put on at Farley, Mo., 
and Halls, eliminating overtime. 

Agent Bro. Ketcham relieved Bro. Brown. 
second Leon, who relieved Bro. Payne, sec- 
ond Hamburg, owing to the death of his 
father. Bro. L. R. Porter, who relieved Bro. 
L. T. Barker, third Craig, on sick list several 
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Bro. O. D. Pierce, Ford City, on account 
of the death of his father-Ip-Iaw, was re- 
lieved several days by C Strohle, who later 
relieved Bro. R. B. Lillie, agent Helena, 
owing to sickness. ^ 

We closed 1920 without a delinquent and 
started the new year with a clean slate. 
Brothers, we must stay in line as we need 
our organization more now than ever before. 

Notify Bro. Arnold of the status of every 
new man who comes on the division. If a 
member, give his division and card nuhiber. 
L. F. MiLUBR. 



Br others wid Siaters, Crejston Dwision — 

I desire to thank you one and all for the 
loyal jBupport and courtesies you have shown 
me as your local chairman in the past' two 
years, and wish to announce I am again a 
candidate for that office. 

I have tried my best to serve you, handled 
all communications and grievances as rap- 
idly as possible. When unable to bring the 
latter to a satisfactory conclusion I have 
handed them to our general chairman at 
once for action. 

The last two years has been a trying or- 
deal for your officers, and the next two years 
will be more so, as a reduction of salaries 
is predicted. Other inconveniences will turn 
up and it will take the untiring efforts of 
your officers, with your earnest support, to 
hold our own. Your present officers have 
been over the ground and planned to meet 
any emergency, and I believe it best not 
to make any changes. If you re-elect me 
I pledge my sacred honor to do my duty in 
your behalf. J. C. OvmMisR. 



Creaton Division Notes — 

Bro. Strohl, third Co. Bluffs, spent the 
holidays at home and visiting friends. 

Bro. Head, third Emerson, bid in third 
Nodaway; Sister Moriotto, second McPher- 
son, where her husband, Bro. Moriotto, is 
agent, and Bro. A. L. Estes is at Maryrille 
pending bulletin. 

Miss Eva Milligan, a former sister on this 
division, is dead. ■ The bereaved family has 
our sympathy. 

Brothers, get after every new man as soon 
as he lights at your station. Line him up 
and see that he stays that way, for our 
own good as well as his. He gets the bene- 
fits as well as we do. Bemember, "United 
we stand, divided we fall." EJverybody get 
their new card, and don't be afraid to ask 
the other fellows if they have theirs. Let's 
play fair with the Order, the only helping 
hand we have. J. E. Pack. Cert. 1087. 



should be taken to relieve the situation and 
keep the boys, who are performing their 
disagreeable outside duties to the detriment 
of their regular strenuous station work, 
fully advised as to what is being done for 
their relief. Ceht. 2672. 



Ottumwa Division Notes — 

Bro. Alfred Bernhart attended his sister's 
funeral Sunday, Jan. 23rd, who died in Cali- 
fornia and was sent to Fairfield for burial. 
We extend our sympathy to Bro. Alfred and 
family. 

Bro. Brown, at Russell, is off sick. 

Sister Albert relieved Bro. Mahensmith on 
third New London when he went to Mt. 
Pleasant third, and later relieved Bro. Bush 
at Maxon, taking in the sights in Oklahoma. 
Bro. West, extra "CW," Ottumwa, later re- 
sumed on Mt. Pleasant third, and Bro. 
Mahensmith, on New Liondon third. 

Bro. McDonald, who relieved Bro. Orman, 
agent Lockridge, resigned, was later relieved 
by Bro. LdtUeton on bid, and Bro. McDon- 
ald relieved Bro. Knowles a few day« at 
Melrose, also Bro. Harrell, at Fairfield, on 
at trip to Kessauqua. 

Bros. Hull, Norwalk; Patrick, Prole and 
Armstrong, St. Charles; Gibson, Truro; 
Frame, New Virginia, and E^lmore, Jamison, 
went to Osceola recently, and with three 
Osceola brothers, told Mr. Walters what 
they knew about the book of rules. 

After the examination, had a good visit. 
It does a lot of good to get together and be- 
come acquainted. We should airrange to 
have meetings so that we could all get to- 
gether once or twice each year. 

The flower fund is getting very low and 
Bro. McBride requests we each send St) 
cents for this term instead of 25 cents, as 
that amount was not sufficient to meet the 
expenditures last year. Send flower funds 
to me when you send in your dues. 

Send me all the news you hear or know of. 
W. C. Harrell, Asst. L. C, Cert 223. 



Ottumwa Division — 

The main topic of conversation among the 
boy^ now is the U. S. mail proposition. This 
burden continues to get heavier and more 
irksome every day, and .«<ome radical steps 



Lincoln Division — 

Light business and the automatic block 
being put in service on the Ravenna Line 
closed second and third Bradshaw and sec- 
ond Milford and Emerald. Bro. Anderson, 
third Bradshaw, displaced Bro. Wahl, sec- 
ond Fairmont; Bro. Wilcox, second Brad- 
shaw, bid in second Hampton ; Bro. Grogan 
of Emerald displaced Bro. Ebersole, second 
Exeter Tower, and Bro. Hargitt, third Mil- 
ford, displaced Bro. McMinn on second 
there. Bro. Leach, Cobb third, after work- 
ing a week at Humboldt on the Wymore 
Division and relieving Bro. Gardner one 
night on Sutton third, bid In operator Pal- 
mer, vice Bro. Tombs, resigned. Bro. 
Adams, second Hampton, bid in third G. S. 
Hastings. Bro. Jim Elinor, first Hastings, 
now comes to work at 4 a. m. Sister- 
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who we understand has to undergo anotlier 
operation. 

Bra Scobee went South when his job at 
Tamora was closed. Bro. Hudson relieved 
Bro. McMInn at Mllford two weeks. 

Bro. Puraphrey, a^ent Sutton, quaran- 
tined, his wife having small pox, relieved 
by Bro. Kunselman, and he on second there 
by Bro. Hudson. 

Bro. Schmer called to Friend recently to 
attend the funeral of an uncle. Bro. Lan- 
nom, who took a trip South when third 
"HN" closed, is on third Ravenna tem- 
porarily. 

Bro. G. D. Lee, here last summer, writes 
he is now with the Cotton Belt out of Pine 
Bluff. Ark., and sends his "73s." 

Bro. Wahl, second Fairmont, off several 
days, took his wife to Omaha Hospital, 
where she imderwent a successful operation 
and is now at home convalescing. 

Bros. Driver, first Aurora, and Elder, first 
and second Aurora, were off a few days re- 
cently. 

Mrs. Robt. Gavin, widow of former travel- 
ing auditor for the Alliance Division, and 
agent at Dalton, Neb., at the time of his 
death, has been appointed agent at Lowell. 

Bro. W. Peer. Greeley Center, who has 
carried an annual for several years and has 
always been up to date, was erroneously 
shown In these columns as a non some time 
ago. He has been quarantined with small 
pox. 

Bro. Frank Hauderscheldt, first Cobb, is 
now the only operator at tiiat hustling little 
city, working from 8 a. ra. to 4 p. m. 

A. A. Canpield, Fairmont, Neb. 



Sterling Division — 

It is now Bro. Walker, Ft. Laramie. Let's 
get Elliott at Minatare lined up and we will 
be in fine shape up this way. We closed 
1&20 with only one delinquent. Temple, at 
Angora, but think he will pay up all right. 

Bro. Feary, at Grant, visiting relatives in 
Oklahoma ten days, relieved by Bro. Dodge, 
who later relieved Bro. Fiddock at Elsie, on 
a trip to California. Bro. Harris, who re- 
lieved Bro. Capllnger at Smlthfleld several 
we<»k8, also relieved Bro. Schroeder at Far- 
nam a few days. 

Some positions have been abolished and 
a nunaber of agents are now doing their 
own telegraphing, but business is ploklng up 
tnd we should be back to normal again 
shortly. This reduction of force caused con- 
siderable bumping. I will be glad to hear 
from anyone who thinks he has been un- 
jusUy treated. 

Thanks to Bro. Peary for Items. Come 
again^ and some of you other brothers chip 
In with a fpw so we can have an Interesting 

write-up. F. A. Svnsb, L. C, Cert. 43. 



Alliance Division, Bast End — 

Local Chairman Davis, who has been with 
the committee recently at Chicago, says the 
new schedule will soon be out. He advises 
that the flower fund is deficient over $15.00, 
and suggests that we all send in 25 cents 
each to make this up and create a small 
surplus. 

Sterling Relay closed from 10 :00 a. m. 
to 4 :00 p. m., Bro. Sheets going to Caspar. 
Among the cuts on this end are: Clerk at 
Mullen; clerk, cashier, freight man and first 
operator, Antloch ; first, second and third 
Lakeside; Sunday hours at Bingham and 
Ashby; Thedford second, and helpers at 
various other places. Sunday hours will 
also be discontinued at some of the other 
stations. 

Bro. Goo. Cave, second "ON," was re- 
lieved two weeks by Bro, Ragland of first 
there, closed on account of potash failures, 
who later succeeded Sister Woods, third 
there, resigned. Bro. J. C. HItt, who was 
relieved two weeks by Bro. Caldwell, who 
later went to Belmont, returned to find first 
"KD" cut-off, and went on extra liSl, re- 
lieving Bros. Roe and Gorman, latter on a 
trip to Wyoming, later relieved Bro. Park- 
inson, who relieved Bro. L. Z. Young several 
days. 

Sister Hane, third Lakeside, pulled off. 
bumped Bro. Caldwell at Belmont Bro. 
J. L. Young, Ellsworth, relieved several 
weeks by Sister Kate Young, and Sister 
Pearl Snyder, third Mullen, by Bro. Lang- 
ley, extra, on a trip back home to St. Louis. 
Bro. "SI" King, off several months owing 
to Mr.s. King's illness, has returned and 
bumped Extra Smith. 

Bro. J. B. Kennedy, EUsworth agency, at- 
tended Mr. Holdredge's farewell banquet in 
Omaha, where he met many old railroad- 
acquaintances. 

There are plenty of men around Kansas 
City, Omaha and Denver. A fellow with a 
job better "stick to U." We have perhaps 
a dozen extras out here. Ye 20th century 
operators better get a little better ac- 
quainted with *'Morse," as '*Morse inability" 
has already caused one old face to disappear, 
and it's rumored that a stiff telegraph test 
i5< soon coming. 

Bro. Webb and Sister McKnlght, on their 
honeymoon, were relieved by Bro. Bradloy 
and Operator Downs. Congratulations and 
best wishes to the newlyweds. 

The mother-in-law of Bro. Rlggs, agent 
Sweetwater, while visiting there, fell down 
the steep depot stairs, death resulting from 
her Injuries. 

Chief Dispatcher Gavin wishes to thank 
the members of this division for the beau- 
tiful fioral offering furnished at the funeral 
of his mother. In Friend, Neb. We extend 
our sympathy to the bereaved families. 

Bro. Uhl relieved Bro. Keene, visiting In 
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Dispatcher Mosher is undergoing quite a 
serious operation in Rochester, Minn. 

When remitting for th6 new card add 
"six" and get an "annual." This saves 
time, money and trouble for all. Don't for- 
get the M. B. D. assessments. Tour card 
will not be sent you unless you are in good 
standing in both departments. Be sure and 
remit before Feb. 28th, and keep after the 
few nons until they are lined up. Now 
more than ever we need to be united. We 
have several grievances up, many more are 
arising, and we need everybody's help to 
win out. "The extra men have been work- 
ing long enough to afford to get cards. Keep 
before them the fact that without the Order 
our conditions would be ^ such that they 
would not be worlting here, nor perhaps 
anywhere else. 

This end of the Alliance Division has not 
had a write-up for some time, and this is 
my first attempt. Call "W" at any time 
and give us your notes. 

"JY," at "W." Cert. 2327. 



our beloved and faithful brother, Chief Dis- 
patcher W. M. Clements, seems hard to bear, 
but there Is great comfort in such sym- 
pathy and help as you extended. The O. R. T. 
floral offering was splendid." 



Alliance DiiHeion, West End — 

General Chairman Denton, Local Chair* 
man Sense, Sterling Division, and our Local 
Chairman Davis met at Crawford recently 
and arranged for a series of meetings in 
the near future. 

Don't forget that we are indebted to Bro. 
Cochran of Crawford, chairman of the flower 
fund, for $16.00. Let us all help repay this 
and not get behind again. 

Bro. Morgan, who relieved Bro. Hyatt at 
Mystic, on his honeymoon trip to DenVer, 
is now doing the extra work at Lead. 

Bro. Dowell, former dispatcher at Dead- 
wood, bid in the operator's shift there since 
the line was cut through. Bro. McNall bid 
in Pringle agency, relieved by Bro. Cox at 
Belmont agency, and he on second there by 
Bro. Caldwell. Bro. Bradley, relief agent, 
resigned Englewood agency, relieved by Bro. 
Newman, dispatcher from Caspar, who later 
bid in Belmont agency. His claim to se- 
niority is being Investigated. Sister Schurr, 
third there, was off several days recently. 
Rutland third closed, Bro. James bumping 
Stonefelt. agent Tfojan. Bro, Hendley, who 
relieved Sister Brewster, first Rutland, a 
few days on account of sickness, later went 
to the East End. Bro. Davis is back on 
first Crawford. Bro. Uhl relieving Bro. 
Triggs. third Edgemont. relieving Bro. Van 
Voorhls, agent there. Bro. Toohey, first 
Hemingford, relieved a few days by Bro. 
Morgan. Cert. 1744. 



Wymore Division — 

Mrs. C. D. Clements and family, desire to 
thank one and all for their many expres- 
sions of sympathy and personal helps during 
the sad hour of their bereavement. Mrs. 
Clements personally writes: "The loss of 



Wymore Division Notes — 

We closed 1920 with no delinquents and a 
membership percentage of 98 for this divi- 
sion. Someone try and "show the light" to 
the only non we have on a scheduled posi- 
tion, located at Dawson, nights. 

BrOfc E. H. Williams, Rosemont, and Bro. 
I. C. Gartner of Peru are our two new mem- 
bers, the latter transferred in from Division 
No. 76. 

Bro. Carl Sheeley, second Table Rock, has 
roslgned to engage In other business ;, Bro. 
G. N. Bragg goes from Guide Rock to third 
Superior, and J. R. Smith, from Peru to 
Geneva, as operator. Someone try and land 
Mr. Smith. He has promised to join. 

Bro. Mllboume was called to St Joseph 
recently for a few days, owing to the illness 
of relatives. 

Several helpers nad custodians have been 
taken off and Nelson, days, abolished. 

C. E. Temple, formerly night chief dis- 
patcher, Lincoln Division, is our new chief 
dispatcher, and F. G. ' Gurley, our new 
superintendent. Charlie Miller, night chief. 
Wymore, has been transferred to a similar 
position at Lincoln, We are sorry to lose 
him and wish him much success. 

Pay your dues promptly, and If possible ' 
remit for an annual. It saves work all 
around. Cert. 666. 



Pere Marquette Ry., Div. 39. 

Mevxhers Dwision S9 — 

Occasionally someone asks why a wrlto- 
up does not appear in our Telegrapher. 
This Is mostly a case of neglect by all of 
us. During the past year not one Item of 
news has been sent to me and but few to 
the general secretary. The old saying, 
"E^rer>' body's business is nobody's business." 
is true; therefore each local chairman will 
request some of you to act in the capacity 
of correspondent. You will be Informed 
who they are and be expected to co-operate 
with them. If we are to receive news 
monthly. Get your Items In by the 20th of 
each month. 

In the January Journal Cert. 224 calls to 
our attention the progress of 1920, two fac- 
tors being responsible. While I desire not 
to be ambiguous I must acknowledge he is 
correct, but unless I had received the cheer- 
ful and untiring support of the other mem- 
bers of your General Committee this suc- 
cess could not have been achieved ; neither 
would it have been possible without your 
co-operation. I wish at this time to thank 
those other members and each one of you 
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.success in the future will be achieved to the 
extent of the assistance or co-operation that 
you give to your committee. 

There are problems ahead of us. All are 
interested in their proper solution, so let us 
put forth renewed enerfiry to properly and 
successfully solve them. 

One of the first requisites of organization, 
of course, is mem^rship, or co-operation of 
the men affected. We closed 1920 with 645 
members^ or five more than scheduled posi- 
tions. There are but four men working at 
present who failed to pay their dues during 
the year. We hope they can yet arrange 
to remit and reinstate. With this ecrtab- 
Ushed, Just a little assistance from each one 
of you will eproll the few remaining nons 
and maintain this membership. If you will 
do this your committee will be able to make 
progress in many ways. 

Some have asked about the Labor Board, 
It was established by the Transportation 
Act which provided for the return of the 
railroads .to their owners. It also pro- 
vided for the establishment of Adjustment 
Boards to take the place of the Railroad 
^Xdministration Boards that have recently 
been abolished. Grievances will be settled 
in the usual manner and in case of a dis- 
agreement or tke inability of your committee 
to n>ach a settlement with the officials of 
the raUroad, these controversies will be re- 
ferred to the Labor Board until such time 
as the Adjustment Boards have been created. 

If you have a grievance take it up with 
>'our immediate superior officer, retain a 
<^py of your letter, and if his reply is not 
satisfactory send it with copy of your let* 
ter to your local chairman and all the facts , 
possible, he to use every effort possible with 
the division superintendent. Then if un- 
settled turn it over to your general chair- 
man. In case of suspension or dismissal, 
request a hearing at once with your super- 
intendent and notify your general chairman, 
so he can arrange to be present with you. 

I>uring the present depression some of 
our men are being* laid off. It is our under- 
standing that these are only temporary ar- 
rangements, and these men having been 
permanently assigned to these positions, we 
feel It is reasonable that each one will be 
returned to his former position when it is 
reestablished if he so elects. We are sure 
this depression is only temporary and trust 
that It win be. 

With best wishes to each one of you, 1 
again thank you for the co-operation givea 
R. M. Burr, General Chairman. 



Port Buron-Grand Rapids Division — 

Division 39 was very poorly represented 
in the fraternal colunms during 1920. I en- 
deavored to start the new year right by hav- 
ing a few items at least each month. On 
receipt of the January Teleoraphjbr I 
Manned the pages for other articles from our 



division, and, to my sorrow, found none, 
therefore I do not believe that our cor- 
respondents for the various divisions made 
any New Year's resolutions at sA\, for if they 
did, we, surely would have had a few items 
at least from each district., We have a few 
enthusiastic members who have mentioned 
that they like to see "pep" in an organiza- 
tion and a write-up each month. In ordi^r 
to accomplish this we have appointed tlfSm 
"correspondents" for the several divisions 
and expect "newsy" write-ups each month 
hereafter. 

The circulars mailed January lOtii in- 
cluded a list of nons on the system, which 
should bring encouraging results. Already I 
have received copies of letters written them 
by our energetic members. It is encourag- 
iniT to have this assistance. During the year 
just closed we received 233 applications. We 
do not expect to equal this for 1921, for there 
is not material enough left on the Pere Mar- 
quette, but we can always find time and room 
for missionary work. 

C. H. Hall, second Greenville, who has 
gone South for his health, was relieved by 
Operator Paulsen, who promises to join 
shortly. Operator Gillespi is relieving Oper- 
ator Cole on second Lakeview. Bro. Peters 
of UnionviUe is doing temporary relief work 
at ESdmore. Several second tricks have been 
temporarily closed, light "tonnage" necessi- 
tating the reduction of expenses accordingly. 

In our "annual card" campaign on Janu- 
try 21st we received remittances covering 40 
yearly cards, an excellent record. 

Cert. 224. 



Canadian Division — 

Bro. Quick bid in Harrow, succeeded by 
Bro. Decou at Courtright, and he at Erieau 
by Bro. Easterbrooke of Wallaceburg, which 
was bid in by Bro. Hall, returning from 
several nfonths* leave. 

Bro. Clarke, relief agent, went to Chatham 
for 15 days, to relieve Goodman on his' holi- 
days and help to catch up on some car 
tracers. 

The bumping by the clerks on this division 
shows that we operators must stand solidly 
together. 

I thank Bro. Fishlark of Chatham for the 
items he mailed me. If a few more would 
help with this work we could have a nice 
write-up each month. 

It was with gratifying pleasure that I re- 
ceived on Xmas morning the very handsome 
present of a Masonic ring and box of cigars 
from the members of the division, and wish 
it were possible for me to thank all you boys 
personally, but as that Is impossible, I take 
this means of doing so. It will always be 
prized as my greatest possession and recall 
the kind remembrance and generosity of the 
boys of this division. 

I have always worked to build up the Order 
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have attained the success that we have with- 
out the co-operation of the members. We 
have now a paid-up membership of 100 per 
cent, and with our continued united efforts I 
am sure we can even make 1921 a better 
year both for service and results. Remem- 
ber, united we stick; divided we're stuck. 
E. R. McCoLL, L. C, Cert. 141, 

Hiffhgate, Ont. 



Boston A Maine R. R., DIv. 41. 

Interlocking Notes, Berkahira and Fiiohhurg 

Divisions — 

Bro. J. O. Mosseau, second Crescent, re- 
lieved by Bro. Dufraine, owin; to sickness of 
his folks. 

Bro. Ed Welch, second Petersburgh Jet., 
and Bro. Charley Gay, second West Portal, 
were relieved recently by C. C. King, who 
has been posting at Johnsonville Tower sev- 
eral days. Get after him, boys, and see that 
he gets an up to date. 

Bro. Ed Scully, third East Portal, is plan- 
ning on six-months' leave to go South and 
see the orange blossoms grow. 

Brothers, wake up and send your notes to 
your local chairman, or to Bro. S. Goodwin. 
"GM" Office, Boston. Cbrt. 1491. 



Erie Raiiroad, Div. 42. 

Northern Railway Division — 

We are all pleased to know that General 
Chairman Hesser is to devote all of his time 
to the work of Division 42. Owing to ex- 
isting situations he will no doubt be kept 
very busy taking up grievances, etc. 

Bro. H. A. Campora, Jr., second Closter, 
was recently married. J. R. M. Gallione, 
clerk there, will soon be with us. 

Bro. Mastin, agent "VR," is on a leave 
of absence, trying to improve his health. 

Let us all try to line up the few nons on 
the division, and, remember, '^No.card, no 
favors." 

Bro. Louis Wertrich is now with Colgate 
& Co., Jersey City, as collector. Very sorry 
to have him leave us after 31 years' service. 
Bro. Shl«'l(ls relieved him at **TN" agency. 
Cbrtb. 582 and 2765. 



Canadian National Rya., Div. 43. 

Brandon Division — 

A very enthusiastic meeting was held in 
Gravelbourg, December 29th, which, on ac- 
count of the passenger train arriving late, 
could not be called before twenty-three 
o'clock. Most of the brothers of this terri- 
tory, consistent with the train service, were 
present, viz. : Local Chairman Morgan, 
Tramm, Bowyer, Nolan, Spearman. Hay, Mc- 
Renzie, Minty, Leake, Smith, McFarlane. 
Burgess, Erickson, Wheatley, Rasmussen and 
Glenn, the latter acting as secretary. 

Bro. Morgan, who conducted the meeting, 
gave a splendid line-up on tho negotiations 
between our general committee and the man- 



agement during the past three montlis, also 
an outline of the conditions to be included in 
our new schedule, which was very Inter- 
esting. 

* Several minor grievances were taken up. 
such as assistants not getting holidays, ex- 
press commission on Canadian express busi- 
ness, window blinds, water supply and clean- 
ing of stations. The small amount allowed 
for this latter purpose was considered insuf- 
ficient and the committee was requested to 
try to have it increased. 

One of the most important questions dis- 
cussed was the so-called Hanna non-politi- 
cal order. The members present considered 
it an Infringement on our rights as citizens, 
contrary to our principles of. freedom and 
equality, and a strong resolution was drafted 
and passed unanimously, protesting against 
its enforcement. 

The appointing of a local assistant chair- 
man to represent us after the cut-off takes 
place at Radvllle was left over until the next 
meeting. As we will be under G. T. P. 
Regina the boys feel that there should be 
someone on this end to represent them, call 
meetings, etc., 

The meeting adjourned at midnight wlien 
the boys retired to the Roya) Hotel, wh9'e 
a splendid meal was partaken of. 

I was appointed correspondent for this 
division and would be glad if someone on 
the Regina and Kipling subs would send In 
notes to feach me not later than the tenth 
of each month, so as to enable me to Ret 
copy In to St. Louis before the 25th. 

We all want to see our division in the 
journal, so do not let our motto be "No nevs 
is good news." 

We have all received our back pay In so 
far as the straight salary is concerned and 
will soon receive that for overtime. Do not 
overlook the special assessment of $15.00. 
It is never missed from the back time, 
but hard to pay afterwards. It Is re- 
gretable that so many of the brothers 
have failed to pay up assessment on our 
Increase for 1918. This last schedule now 
being completed has lowered our treasury 
considerable and the $16.00 is needed to keep 
it in a healthy condition. 

Jan. 1st, 1921, our seniority lists were 
merged with those of the G. T. P. teleg- 
raphers according to actual seniority rating. 
Vacancies being advertised on both lines. 

Bro. Callaghan, Minto, gone East on holi- 
days, relieved by Bro. Dougherey. 

Congratulations to Bro. Porter, third Kip- 
ling, who recently joined the "Royal Order 
of Benedicts." Best wishes to the happy 
couple. 

Bro. McFarlane bid in Margo agency. Bro. 
Ed. Weaver was succeeded by Bro. Donald- 
son as swing dispatcher at Brandon when 
he went to third Fort Rouge; Bro. Morrison 
to third Sioux Lookout ; Bro. Burgess, as- 
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Bro. Cranston, Grayelbourg, has been 
caned to his home on account of his father's 
illseBS. We trust that Mr. Cranston will 
soon be restored to health and Bro. Cranston 
be back with us once more. 

D. P. Glbnn, Cert. 487. 



Central of Georgia Ry., Div. 46. 

Mdmhen of Dii>i8i4m 4<> — 

This is an appeal for your co-operation 
during the year 1921. Many of you have 
paid your dues for the current term. Those 
of you who have not I urge to do so at once. 
If there ever was a time when there wa» 
need of one hundred per cent organization. 
* It is now. The powers that bo are arrayed 
against organized labor as never before, and 
we muHt fight for our very existence. 

Let all lend a hand to complete thorough 
organization. When a new man comes to 
your line find out promptly how he stands. 
If be belongs to another division, ask him 
to transfer to Division 46. Page 5€ of our 
Constitution, Sec. 29, shows how this is to 
be done. 

If you are in doubt as to the standing of 
anyone on your line a note to the under- 
signed will promptly bring you the desired 
information. 

We made a nice gain in membership dur* 
ing 1929, but w^ are not yet one hundred 
per cent and nothing short of that will sat* 
Isfy us. 

Let every member try to get one new 
member and as many more as possible dur- 
ing this year and the result will be won- 
derful. 

Do not hesitate to call on me for any as- 
sistance or information desired. 

Fraternally, 

O. W. Blidsob, G. S. & T. 



Chattanooffa Diviaion — 

The death of Bro. O. B. Abrams came as 
ft shook to all of us. He was one of the most 
loyal members of Division 46, living up to 
the standards of the Order, and always ready 
and willing to do his part, and more, when- 
ever called on. We have lost a good brother 
and friend whose place in our affections can- 
not be filled. 

Mrs. Abrams desires me to convey her 
thanks for the beautiful floral design and 
for other assistance rendered at the time of 
Bro. Abrams' death. 

O. W. BuBOSOE, Cert. 8, L. C. 



at Louis Terminal R. R., DIv. 47. 

Business at "UD" has fallen off consid- 
erable the past month, but there is always 
enough work to keep the l>oys busy all of 
the time. 

Bros. Roach and Ryan, who were ofT sick 
nearly thirty days, returned to work about 
the middle of January. - Bro. West who re- 



lieved in "UD** while they were off. is back 
in "UD" while Bro. Temple is visiting his 
mother In Kentucky. 

Bro. Murphy, **UD" Relay, was off a few 
days visiting his mother down state. 

Bro. John Smith, assistant chief '"UD,** 
while off sick, was relieved by' Bros. McDon- 
ald and Hewlett on the desk. 

Bro. Stanhope, relief man, has proved to 
be "right up to snufT* and can handle any 
job in Tower 1. With three' new men there, 
everyone should be on his xegular Job soon. 

Bros..Paasch and Parker, who bid in sec- 
ond shifts on levers at Tower 1, are break- 
ing in on their regular tricks. With six 
men on second we should be able to keep 
things going. 

Bro. F. G. Alexander, who was working 
third at Tower 1 until ne^ men were broken 
in. is now relieving on the Hi Line. 

Bro. Cauda made the boys sit up and lake 
notice when he acted as chief train director 
a couple of dasrs. Some fellows are born 
lucky. 

Bro. G. A. Swantner, off sick, was relieved 
by Bro. Smith, and Bro. Oulshen, second 
"W," off a few days, was relieved by Bro. 
West. 

Bro. Mason has be»i putting in consider- 
able overtime lately. He intends to use 
this extra money to buy a new machine in 
the spring. 

Bro. Daugherty has been walking to and 
from work every day recently, Evidently 
trying to put one over on the United Rail- 
ways. G. W. J., Cert 20. 



Detroit, Toledo A I ronton R. R., Div. 48. 

For the second time in four months the 
Death Special stopped at Glen Jean. Monday. 
Jan. 10, this time to take aboard Bro. 8. W. 
Mosler. agent at that point for the past 
thirty years. 

"Stan" Mosier entered the service of the 
D. T. & I. in 1887 and was in point of serv- 
ice, the oldest telegrapher on the road. He 
was a member of the Masonic and Modern 
Woodmen lodges of Waverly, and the latter 
lodge conducted the funeral at 2 p. m., 
.Tan. 1?. 

General Chairman G. W. Lowery of Sum- 
mit Secretary and Treasurer D. R. Murray 
of Good Hope, R. E. Addy of Greenfield, 
Glad Addy of Summit Trainmaster Fred 
Deam and Traveling Auditor W. C. Harris 
were among the D. T. A I. men present at 
the funeral. 

Bro. Murray had made, in Washington, 
C. H., a beautiful floral wreath. 

Mr. J. W. McNutt has been appointed tem- 
porary agent at Glen Jean while the posi- 
tion is up for bid. 

There's only one remedy for delinquents 
and nons and a remedy that, in my opinion, 
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was presented properly. "What good dpes 
the union do? It never helped me/' is the 
threadbare platitude handed out by this class 
of pe<H>le. 

Very well, then, when the next schedule 
neogtiations are under way have a clause 
inserted in the schedule that union men only 
shall receive the benefits derived from the 
new schedule. And, if necessary, put up a 
fight to see that this clause carries. There's 
no reason why \ve should spend our time and 
money flghtlng the battles of these parasites. 
They bear tlie same relation to the labor 
movement as did the slackers and obstruc- 
tionists to the world war. 

The man who argues that unionism is of 
no benefit to labor is a hypocritical liar, to 
say the least, for he knows better. If he 
didn't have enough brains to knew better 
he couldn't be working for a railroad. We 
know, and they know, that railroads, or em- 
ployers In general, don't make voluntary 
wage increases. Why should they? Every 
official holds his position through the belief 
of his superiors that he is the man who can 
cut down expenses in his particular depart- 
ment. That's what he's there for, and were 
I to ask my superintendent for an increase 
today and be told, as undoubtedly I would 
be, that the present finances will not permit 
of such an increase, I would not hold It 
against him personally. He's merely doing 
what he's paid for doing. 

However, when labor organizes and ap- 
points a committee of the whole to interview 
an official we have a horse of a different 
color. And right now, with conditions as 
they are, it is suicide to withdraw from the 
union that has brought us our right and our 
power to protest when living conditions and 
wages become unbearable. 

Position as telegrapher recently abolished 
at Jeffersonville has been restored. Third 
trick positions at Summit and Bainbridge 
abolished. Telegrapher at Adrian cut off. 
Bro. Retan bumping Bro. Fish, second Page. 
Second and third Jackson Center and Thack- 
ery abolished. Osborne, third Jackson Cen- 
ter, bumped third trick man Jackson. Tom- 
tin, second Thackery, has gone into train 
service, and O. E. Blank resigned. 

Bro. Turner,' third Dundee, has bought a 
business in Dundee and has asked for 30 
days' leave of absence. 

Bro. Tirrell, third darleton. was put on 
the Pere Marquette payroll, effective Jan. 1. 

George Bruce relieved G. C. Miller as 
agent at Carlton. 

Bro. Schull has been relieved as agent at 
Wauseon by A. H. Hembling. 

Bro. Cox, Napoleon, Is working with two 
nons. Grafflo, on .second, and Fulleon, on 
third. 

Bro. Hlckey bid in second South Yards. 

Dispatchers' office turned Upside down. 
Jones and Dibert working split trick on 



first; Mecklenborg. second, and Lewis, third, 
working both divisions. Blose and Mat- 
thews go back in "GO." Jim Fisher goes on 
as night clerk in **DI," 6 p. m. to 2 a. m., 
and Rlenboldt, Zehring and Burns lose out 
entirely. 

General Chairman Lowery haa up with 
the management the question of our back 
pay. We are patiently waiting for it and 
have been since August 20. 

With all the reduction in forces coines 
one ray of sunshine in a news note from 
Bro. Barr, Iron ton, to the effect that Iron- 
ton staff has been increased by the addition 
of "Mike and Ike, they look alike," two 
black cats. Understand, however, they are^ 
not on the payroll, and their sole work is to 
catch mice in the freight house. 

Bro. "Tubby" Craig, of the "Big Four." 
Bellefontaine, formerly of Ironton, was a 
Springfield visitor recently, visiting the boys 
in "DI" and on the wires. 

C. E. Hochstedler, A. G. B. A., was an 
Ironton visitor, and Mr. Alsip, auditor of 
freight and passenger accounts, was over 
the line in January. Cbrt. 107. 



Denver A Rio Grande R. R., Div. 40. 

Becond Division — 

Brown Canon closed for the season. Sister 
Sayer to "The Top of the World," Tom 
Pass third, relieving Bro. Walker, extra 
who went to the Frisco in Missouri; Sister 
Roller to Buena Vista third, extra, relieving 
Bro. Green, who is visiting in Indiana; Sis- 
ter Holmes home until things pick up. 

Night Chief Salida taken off, Dispatcher 
Smith back working a trick as extra dis- 
patcher. Bro. L. A. Nott bid in Granite 
third, relieving Sister Proser, extra, sent to 
Denver, nothing in sight. 

Bro. W. O. Robinson, second Red Cliff, off 
a few days buying spuds, relieved by Bro. 
Jones, a new man. 

Sister Cook is back on Grand Valley third 
after a month at her home in Delta, re- 
lieving Bro. Howe, extra, who left for 
greener fields In California. We hardly ex- 
pect*'d Sister Cook back with us, and we 
are afraid that it will not be for long. Why 
keep us in suspense, Evalyn? 

Bro. Ranc bid in New Castle third, vice 
Bro. Brennen, extra, who went to Rifle third, 
relieving Sister Nottingham, who is in Den- 
ver taking in the stock show. 

Living has gone down about five or ten 
per cent and the large manufacturers an» 
lowering wages twenty per cent. That ii 
usually the way the working man gets it 
Get that now card, keep the line as near 100 
per cent as possible, that is the least you 
can fairly do. Solid O. R. T. means that we 
expect, will demand and will get a square 
deal, and you mail luggers, keep a stiff up- 
per lip. If we keep up the fight, by this 
time next year we won't have to take thai 
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We are all lined up on operators at pres- 
ent Suppose things will open up. as usual, 
fa the spring. Any brothers on other roads 
writing for information as to working con- 
ditions, etc., please enclose stamped en- 
velope. 

If the sounder does not awalce you. better 
rlet-p in day time. Cert. 422. 



Fourth Division— 

Bra Resmolds, first Antonito, relieved a 
few days by Bro. Gilbert of second on ac» 
count of sickness. . 

Bro. Nichols, Lumberton, is still on the 
fick list, Bro. Kling relieving. 

Bro, Richards, first Durango, relieved sev- 
eral days for the holidays by Bro. Brewer 
of second, which was later pulled off owing 
to slack business. Bro. Brewer going to 
Uveta third. 

Bro. Moflnt, second Alamosa, on a trip 
Sooth for several days, relieved by Bro. 
Harryman of third there, relieved Williams, 
a new man. relieved on third Chama. by 
Hooker, another new man. Cert. 219. 



Georgia Railroad, Div. 60. 

On December 11th our General Committee, 
with the assistance of Sixth Vice-President 
J. W. Anderson, signed the revised agree- 
ment effective retroactive May Ist, 1920 
The printed copies of these agreements 
should be in your possession by the time this 
article is printed. Tour special attention Is 
called to section (C) of article No. 3, which 
provides that operators will receive two 
boars' pay at the overtime rate for all or- 
ders copied by trainmen at stations where 
telegraphers or telephoners are employed. 
Conductors have been ' Instructed to send 
them to the employes affected. As an extra 
precaution (in case either the conductors or 
the chief dispatcher should overlook report- 
ing these occurrences) it is requested that 
each of you drop the general chairman a 
note. Tour attention is also directed to 
change In seniority rules as affecting em- 
ployes promoted to official positions. Includ- 
ing dispatchers. 

You ar«? urgently requested to carefully 
read and familiarize yourselves with the 
new agreement. It saves your General 
Committee very much embarrassment In 
fairness to the railroad, you should be thor- 
oughly familiar with your own agreement 

I am requested to call your attention 
through these columns to another very im- 
portant adherence with your hourly assign- 
ments. We have reason to believe that a 
few brothers are working longer hours than 
they are histructed. and for which they are 
paid. This is a very sad practice, and in 
these times of retrenchment by the railroads, 
•^ch time you do this you are cheating some 
worthy brother out of employment, for we 
have quite a few on the extra board. Give 



the railroad the best you have, but quit on 
the minute. 

Especial attention is called to some broth- 
ers on this line doing their eight hours and 
then taking some of the work home to fin- 
ish after hours, which is wholly wrong. 
These brothers are defeating our noble prin- 
ciple, and the Order, too, that has given 
them so mdcli back time, and good working 
conditions. 

l«:ach of yuu are requested to send the 
general ciiairman a copy of your bid so that 
he can see whether you are getting ^^'hat is 
coming to you, as he has a seniority roster 
In his files. 

Quite recently a number of boys received 
a lot of money In back time. Some have 
nobly taken out an annual card. We hope 
many more will follow their good example 
to help boost our treasury. We have been 
put to a great deal of expense the past year 
handling grievances, etc., by our general 
chairman and general secretary, which has, 
of course, somewhat reduced ouf treasury. 

By all means, do not overlook paying your 
dues and M. B. D. assessments not later than 
February 28 th. earlier If possible, and go 
after the few nona left. 

Bro. Jimmy Morgan is convalescing from 
a wounded foot, which he accidently shot 
while hunting. 

We are all very sorry to learn that Bro. 
R. B. Morgan Is having ^o "nurse" a very 
bad leg, hurt while cutting wood. 

All the boys at Covington are hoping that 
the next meeting will be held there. 

S. D. NOBTON. 



Southern Pacifio Ry., Div. 53. 

Oeneral Offices — 

"BD," San Francisco — At the close of the 
year Bro. Falls reports a noticeable increase 
of new members and transfers, making a 
total of nineteen hundred paid-up members 
in our system division. 

The entire General Committee convened 
at headquarters, San Francisco, Jan. 10th. 
to work out a presentable plan of taking up 
existing inequalities on the system. 

Positions 17 to 19, inclusive, have been 
abolished. 

Bro. Dunn, on sixty days* leave visiting 
his home in Illinois, relieved by Bro. Foster, 
formerly at "MS," San Francisco. 

Bro. Schemerhorn decided, after a month's 
sojourn with us, that "plcklns" were poor, 
latter bidding In third wire chief Ogden. 

Bro. Long, extra, has returned to the 
Western Division, bumping at Oakland Pier. 

As a Morse outfit our offices still continue 
to remain solid. However, a little mission- 
ary work is possible among the non-Mork- 
rum punchers, and the telephoner. If some 
of you birds sitting on the printers would 
preach O. R. T.ism Instead of acting like 
Beau Brummel molly-praussers among the 
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Bro. Whitson, on an extended leave, is 
now In the cafeteria business in Fresno. 
Brothers, note, and when in "QB" look 
him up. 

Bro. Dufty, extra, is now sojourning tn 
Los Anereles. The colonel (formerly with 
Nebraska Foots) advises he is considerin^r 
a contract carrying a lucrative salary with 
one of the movie concerns in the Southern 
metropolis. 

News is scarce, none of us wishing for 
obituaries, so it's up to some of those con- 
flrmed "batchers" like Bros. Buckley, Hoell 
or Tyler to get hitched up so I can wax 
eloquent, that'll knock 'em dead. 

"W," Cert. 461. 



Los Angeles Division — 

Oood morning! Are you satisfied with 
what you voted to get after March 4th? Em- 
ployment is just a little slack for the extra 
men, but the coming summer will probably 
make up for lost time. Those on other divi- 
sions contemplating transferring to this divi- 
sion should provide themselves with a batch- 
ing OHtflt and an asbestos suit 

Bro. R. W. Keyes, manager **NG," Los 
Angeles, has opened a nice grocery store at 
Eagle Rock, in his own building on Central 
avenue. His patronage was good from the 
start and his venture gives promise of a real 
success. 

Bro. E. J. Curran, formerly of St Louis 
Terminal, held drst Burbank Tower after 
Bro. Spencer bid out, until Bro. O. E. More- 
land arrived from Mecca. He is securing a 
nica location for a hopie ih Burbank. 

Bro. E. W. Kalles, second Catsworth, re- 
lieved several days by Bro. McAden. 

Some of the members of this division de- 
siring to extend to Local Chairman Meador 
gratefulness for his devoted work and to 
make for him the expression "A Merry 
Xmas" more than mere words, contributed 
179 and it was presented to him on Christ- 
mas Day. This demolutrates what 246 men 
can do to make a man happy when they 
really try. 

The manager of our paper, "Labor,*' re- 
quests each reader to get ten subscribers in 
the next sixty days to make its circulation 
over a million. Will you not make a su- 
preme effort to do tills? It will take per- 
severance, for some will offer all manner of 
excuses. The principal underlying reason, 
however, is $2.00. These are the gentlemen, 
as a rule, who wear out this phrase : "The 
trouble with laboring people is that they 
will not stick together." 

A subscription from the membership-at- 
large was taken to assist four of our mem- 
bers who have been incapaciated for work 
for many months with various afflictions. 
The sum realized was about one thousand 
dollars, and was duly divided between the 
four brothers. Doubtless this contributed 
largely to a joyful Christmas being spent 



in at least four homes. May the day soon 
come when we as a Oovemment, will pro- 
vide every bona fide invalid and dependent 
family with a salary equal to what we would 
be capable of making were he free from his 
infirmity. This would now be readily ac- 
complished were wars to be forever abol- 
ished. 

If you want to know what the Farmers 
and Merchants' National Bank of Los 
Angeles thinks of union labor, read its 
monthly financial statement 

The membership overlooked sending notes 
this month, but with the demands of the 
holidays just pa.s't your apology is accepted. 

Cert. 704. 

Secrwnento Division — 

Local Chairman Wilson, first Truckee, Is 
visiting his parents at Medford, Oregon, re- 
lieved by Bro. Kendrick. Bro. McAdow, 
third Truckee, recently returned from an ex- 
tended visit to the old home in Missouri 
called back again on Jan. 8th owing to the 
serious illness of relatives, was relieved by 
Bro. Owens, bumped by Sister Clare Boland. 
who relieved Bro. F. H. Daugherty, while he 
spent the holidays, as usual, with old-time 
friends at Corning. 

Bro. C. H. Lawrence, Mystic, visiting old- 
time friends in New England^ is being re- 
lieved by ^Sister Kathryn Boland. 

Your humble correspondent, relieved , by 
Bro. N. C. Jones on second Reno, spent his 
holidays with old-time friends and relatives 
at Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Diego, 
hence no write-up last month from this divi- 
sion. Later Bro. H. C. Gray bid in Wood- 
land, and Bro. J. J. Moran relieved him on 
second Reno pending bulletin. 

Bro. F. L. Rectoi; recently spent several 
days in Sacramento, where he was raised 
to the exalted degree of a 82nd degree 
Bfason, being relieved by Bro. Carlson. 

Bro. F. L. Jacobs, after spending a year 
looking after business interests and law 
practice at Santa Cruz, is again back on 
Andover first 

Brp. C. C. Barrows, a new man, is reliev- 
ing Mrs. Polmantccr at Stantord on account 
of illness. 

Bro. Bill Fingland, "H," Sacramento, re- 
lieved Bro. Hobbs at Rocklyn recently and 
drew $15 for the day's work. 

We regret to chronicle the death, Dea 
29th, of Bro. Parlin's little son at Tehama* 
caused by a tie falllns on him. Appropriate 
floral decorations were supplied by mem- 
bers of the Order, for which, and our mes- 
sage of sympathy, Bro. and Mrs. Parlin de- 
sire to thank us. Again we are reminded of 
the necessity of providing a permanent 
flower fund, available at a moment's notice 
for such cases, as we had to take a oollec- 
lion to purchase flowers for this donation. 

There are numerous new staff operators 
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explanation ot the splendid increase In sal- 
ariea they are enjoyins:, could, no doubt, be 
induced to become members. Stanford and 
Donner are all the nons except Bro. Baker, 
and all have had their hourly rates increased 
from 5Sc to 64c. 

The usual surplus of operators did not 
materialise this winter, and although busi- 
ne6fi Is comparatively dull for the B. P. at 
this time of the year, some were unable to 
get relieved for the holidays. 

It is now Bro. Charles Moore, agent at 
Towle. 

Bra Tommy Rayboume is relieving Bro. 
Roy, agent at Bocca, who recently met with 
a serious accident. 

Bro. H. C. Larson, formerly of Corning, 
now Radio operator with the Admiral line, 
with headquarters at Long Beach, Cal., was 
the happy recipient of a fine box of cigars 
and a 14-pound turlcey to help make cheer 
for the holidays. 

Bro. R. P. Blck» agent Blue Canon, is be- 
ing relieved by Bro. J. G. Allard. 

Bro. A. R. Snyder, Diamond Springs, now 
has a thrifty little farm In Oregon. We re- 
f^ret k>8ing him, but wish him unbounded 
success in his new venture. 

Bro. B. R. Allen of Troy is now with the 
0. S. L. in Idaho, 

At several valley stations on this division 
the salaries of the operators exceed the 
agents. These irregularities are covered by 
Interpretation No. 8, and in view of the 
^% per cent concession recently granted, the 
boys on the O. W. R. A N., we feel assured 
we will succeed in meeting with satisfactory 
adjustment in these matters. 

Bra Brown, of Brighton, has been fully 
reinstated and went to work Jan. 6 th. * An- 
other good reason why every man should 
carry an up-to-date. 

Bra P. L. Phillips, third Andover, on' an 
extended leave, is in business at Roswell, 
N. M . relieved by Sister C. V. Springer. 

Bra GaU kcNett, third Summit, visiting 
relatives at Tehama and other points, is be- 
ing relieved by Bra Taylor. 

Bro. N. Q. Jones, division organizer, has 
returned to his old home at Tucson, Ariz., 
for the winter. We expect him to return 
next spring, accompanied by his mother. 

On account of the recent disastrous flrir 
at Summit, in which a number of families 
were made homeless (among which were the 
tix children of Engine Watchman Smith), 
a Iil>eral collection was taken among mem- 
bers of our fraternity, who responded nobly, 
which, with the contributions of the Red 
Cross, amounted to nearly $500. This was 
expended in fitting the unfortunate family 
With clothing, shoes, and other necessities 
tor which they express their sincere grati- 
tude. 

A severe smallpox epidemic broke out re- 
cently among the operators at Fulda. The 
Utile daughters of Sister Aske were the flrsi 



to contract the disease and the station has 
been quarantined and closed, switches 
spiked and trains now run in one block. 
Emigrant Gap to Gunter. This station Is 
manned by union operators, up to date, and 
those near them should see that they do not 
suffer for any assistance that can be con- 
sistently rendered. 

Sister B. L. Harmon, third at (Sold run, 
reported convalescing, is being relieved by 
Bro. D. Harvey. 

The General Committee adjourned its 
meeting at San Francisco, Jan. 16tti, having 
presented to the management a complete list 
of our grievances, and concession having 
been refused by the company, the whole 
matter has been appealed to the Railroad 
Board for due consideration. 

We hope the West Side valley notes prom- 
ised by Sister Abernathy t)f Orland will 
materialize for next issue, as we are unable 
to get them from that territory otherwise. 

Thanks to Bros. Allard, Wilson, Kendrick, 
Moran, Stewart and others who helped make 
this write-up possible. Come again, boys, 
help make it interesting. 

E. T. NiGKBL, Cert 1218. 



Western Division — 

Bro. A. E. Miller, formerly on Division 7, 
is relieving Bro. Athey, second Benicia; Bro. 
J. N. Sherman relieving Bro. Wyatt New- 
ark; Bro. Savard relieving Bro. Hargls, 
third Altamont, later reUeved by B. G. Hub- 
bard, who will line up shortly; Bro. Hargis 
relieving Bro. Farier, agent Alvarado, on ac- 
count of sickness, and Bro. Si Perkins re- 
lieving at Livermore pending assignment 

Two new men were recently borrowed 
from the Los Angeles Division. 

Bro. La Montague, who recently bid in 
Rutherford, has bid In Pinole again, and Bro. 
Dargitz bid in Centerville agency. 

Niles third and first Hayward pulled off 
on account of reduction. 

If you have not already mailed In your 
vote, do so. 

A boomer dispatcher, "B. M. Murphy," 
carrying both an O. R. T. and A T. D. A. 
card, is again making the rounds, imposing 
on operators and dispatchers. Brothers, 
don't make him any loans. He has left a 
trail of debts and obligations from one end 
of the country to another and his member- 
ship has been protested in both the O. R. T. 
and A T. D. A. W. M. Falls, G. S. & T. 



Shasta Division — 

Bro. H. H. May berry, agent- telegrapher, 
Edgewood, Cal., on the Shasta Division, 
desires to trade with some brother on West- 
em, Coast or Los Angeles Divisions. Fine 
location, good living quarters. For further 
information write him. Seniority from Feb. 
8th, 1918. 

Elmore train-order offloe closed; also 



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QTBMa Lake ; Bro. P. Walters displaoing Bra 
Hodg6«, first Steinman. 

First Edgewood abolished; is now agent- 
telegrapher. Sister Willis, third there, Is 
being relieved by Bro. Anderson, from Union 
Pacific. Fourth Ashland abolished. Bro. 
Harris relieved Bro. Busby, first Sims, a 
day and then took a leave of absence. If s 
now Bro. Pumphrey, Sims second. Bra 
Neale, third Weed, relieved on third Sims 
by Bro. Clougherty, 

Bro. Minich, first Hombrook, sick a few 
days, relieved by DeStael, who* later went to 
Smithson. 

Local Chairman Walters, first Ashland, 
while in San Francisco on official business, 
was relieved by Bro. Knott, from Western 
Division. 

Bros. Rogers, agent Delta, and Russell, 
agent Pitt, visited in Kennet, and Bro. Sev- 
erson, third Delta, spent the day in Redding 
recently. 

Bro. Hanaford, first Weed, went Bast on 
a visit, relieved by Bro. Jessup, and Bro. 
Hall, extra, third Weed, was relieved by 
Bro. Happen. 

One set of dispatchers at Dunsmulr taken 
off on account of slack business. One set 
now working through Dunsmulr to Ashland 
and one set working South lOnd and Klamath 
Falls Branch. 

F. M. BusBT, Cert. 1689. 



8aU Lake DiviaUm-^ 

Transfers: Bros. A. L. Henderson and 
O. H. Falrmon, Division 165 ; C. L. Steed, 
160; H. H. Smith and E. M. GrifTee, 87; 
H. H. Ebers, 6 ; V. T. Spurgeon, 61; A. M. 
Russell, 64 ; J. S. White, 76. 

Moleen opened by Bros. Farrington, Ebers 
and Spurgeon. Bro. White relieving at Bat- 
tle Mountain. 

Bro. Smith relieved on Elko third, and 
Bro. Fairmon relieving on Hazen second and 
third. 

Bro. Bachman, second Rose Creek, is back 
from a visit to the homefolks, and Bro. 
Harms, third Winnemucca, from vacation. 

Sister Mohler relieved Bro. Goldsmith, who 
relieved Bro. Knight, first Parran, three 
weeks. Later Bro. Goldsmith relieved Bro. 
Hutcherson, second Beowawe, a few days. 

Sister Curry relieved Bro. Curry at Toy 
one night, then it closed. Bro. Curry reliev- 
ing Sister Black at Parran, on sick list 

Bro. Weyer, third Imlay, relieved a week 
by Bro. Russell from the N. P. 

Loray op^ied by Hanselman and Bros. 
Brown and Griffee. Apply the *'No card, no 
favore," to Hanselman, as he seems blind 
to the advantages of a card. Hanselman 
later relieved Sister Nichols, third Cobre, a 
few days. 

Bro. Graham, second Oreana, out of serv- 
ice, relieved by Murray. 

Bro. Biggs, Hasen second, back from a 
couple of weeks spent in California. Sister 



Hunter, third Promontory Pofnt, back from 
thirty days' vacation, and Bro. Goldsmith 
back from 'two weeks' visit to his family at 
Hollywood, CaL 

Bro. Anderson, Clark, and Bro. Clem, 
Fernley second, each relieved a few dBym by 
Bluntaoh. 

Bro. Hixer, first Elko, relieved a few days 
by Rex L>efier. 

Bro. Russell, who relieved Bro. Welty, 
second Palisade, a few days, went to Ool- 
conda second. 

Bro. E. W. Colwick relieved Bro. Smith, 
Carlin agency, a few days. 

Bro. N. F. Willis, formerly of this division, 
is in the telegraph service again, located on 
the Shajsta Divlsiopi. 

Operators' quarters improved at. Lakeside 
and quarters provided for the third operator 
at MIdlake. 

Don't hesitate to ask a new man If be 
has a card. If not, your interest will Im- 
press upon him the fact that it Is necessary 
on this division. If he has one he will apfre- 
date your interest and know that while we 
may be on the desert we are a live bunch. 

**No card, no favors," first, last, al^oays, 
CuRRT, Cert. 1979. 



Stockton District — 

Local Chairman Hanlon has returned from 
the committee meeting in San Francisco, 
where they were covering inequalities caused 
by Supplement No. 8, also handling items 
of contracts still in disagreement. Bro. 
D. W. Dean, who relieved him on third 
Stockton, was bumped from extra manager, 
"BR," by Bro. Cooley when fifth tiiere was 
abolished. 

Biola agency also abolished, Bro. Bolser 
relieving Bro. Deusterberg, Kerman third, 
resigned and headed for Los Angeles. 

Castle closed Jan. 16th, Bros. Beard and 
Oliver going on extra list. 

R. C. Whltaker, regular on second Lathrop 
for seven years, gone on extra list by 
request. 

Bro. H. Bates Is now on second "DS,'* 
South End. 

Dispatcher Eldred Is reported sick. 

Bro. Cadjew, agent Elk Grove, has re- 
turned from San Francisco, where he bBS 
been for some time owing to the serious ill- 
ness of his mother, who is now very mud) 
better. 

Bro. Young, agent Tracy, visiting Denver, 
Galveston and other inland ports fifteen 
days, was relieved by Bro. Darrow, and be 
on second there by Bro. Garrett 

Bro. Cox« fourth Tracy, is all smiles owing 
to the fact that wedding bells will ring in 
his favor soon. Congratulations. 

Bros. Hynson, agent Farmington; Gar* 
rett, Tracy, and DeLong, Newman, were re- 
cent Stockton visitors. 

Bro. Reiks, third Firebauj^ on a trip dur- 
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waa reUeved by Bro. Seablom, late of 
the ••Q." 

The perennial non from Atwater bid in 
am Merced. If he getB by that bunch with- 
out a card he will have to arise in the wee 
sma' hours of the momin& 

I am deeply indebted to Bro. H. E. Lower, 
Stockton, for the most of this news. Some 
brother on the East Side and Oakdale 
Branch also help me out. 

"DF," Cert. 624. 



Northern Pacific R. R., Div. 54 
Lake Superior DiviaUm — 

Recently we were instructed by the lead* 
ing financiers throughout' the country to 
work harder and longer so that we could 
relieve the public of the high cost of living 
by a greater production, and like good and 
obedient servants we did that Now we are 
told we have produced too much, therefore 
we are in a worse fix than ever, for it is 
better to have a job and be able to buy a 
Bttle at a high price than to have no job 
and be unable to buy anything at a low 
price. Now we are blaming high finance, 
but we and not the financiers are to blame ; 
we use no judgment We are told that it is 
wrong to advocate a system whereby work- 
ers would share In the wealth of the nation, 
and that an administration favoring the 
operating of the public utilities and co-oper- 
atton for the benefit of all smacks too much 
of paternalism, and we go on and on in our 
blind, stupid Ignorance, believing it* to our 
own sorrow. It seems we never will learn, 
even from experience, but are content as long 
as we receive a few concessions, and only 
apparently begin to think when that is about 
to be denied vs. 

We have a wonderful country, there are 
resources enough to feed and clothe the 
world, there are forests and streams and 
roads that need developing, and there are 
three million idle men ready and willing, 
3rea, eager to do this work; there are bil- 
Uons of dollars canltering in the strong 
boxes of the wealthy while yet hunger and 
want stalk broadcast throughout the world ; 
because ninety-three per cent of the taxes 
that should go to develop the country and 
smploy the unemployed is being used to pay 
tar past wars and prepare for future ones. 
AH the excess profits derived from the de- 
^^eloped resources of the Nation are being 
poured into the coffers of the idle ricl^, in- 
stead of being utilized by the Government to 
employ the jobless In times of overproduc- 
tion. 

Out of an this turmoil we can blame no 
one but ourselves. We are in the majority, 
we have a vote, we elect those who have 
not our interest at heart, we l>elieved their 
loopaganda and are now reaping the reward 
of prejudtee and ignorance. 

Bztra Dispatcher Bro. Coyer is relieving 
on first Carlton on account of the reduction 



of force caused by the decline in business. 
R. C. Johnson, extra dispatcher on second 
there a few days, was later relieved by Bro. 
Firth. Trainmaster Councilman is noW night 
chief dispatcher. 

Bro. Brownlee is in Brainerd hospital 
after an extended visit with relatives Bast, 
and Bro. McFarland is off on account of 
sickness. 

Third Cromwell and Motley closed. Bra 
Graves biimped Bro. Linden, third McGregor. 
Sister Daley to extra list. Bro. Glum suc- 
ceeds Bro. Huvdy, 20th avenue agency, re^ 
signed to go into business. 

Bro. Davis relieved Bro. Carlson, first 
Deerwood, a few days. 

Thanks to Bro. Cover for items. 

Cbrt. 682. 



Saint Paul DiviaUm — 

The annual ball of the Twin City Teleg- 
raphers' Club will be held in St Paul during 
the first week of April, the exact date an- 
nounced later. Watch for it, then get out 
and boost and attend. 

The new seniority lists for 1921 are out 
Erase No. 4, who has lost his rigt^ under 
article 6, clause G. 

The , retrenchment policy adopted by the 
railroads hit us hard on this division. Train- 
master Flanagan returns to his run on Liake 
Superior Division ; two dispatchers In Minne- 
apolis ofiice cut off. Late Night Chief Dei- 
fleld returns to a trick on the main line. 
Darling second and third and Mississippi 
Street Yard third closed. Bro. Hermanson, 
third Darling, bumped Bra Wipper, Gregory 
sedbnd, who bumped Sister Hales, Como 
Shops, to extra list Bro. ToUefson, third 
Mississippi Street, bumped Bro. Nolan, third 
Elk River, who relieved Bro. Ted Nelson, 
Big Lake, working for Bro. Walters, on 90 
days* leave. 

Rice closed two tricks and operators' 
places filled by clerks at $4.47 per day. Bi-o. 
Sartell, third, bumping Bro. Swanson at 
Gregory, who displaced Sister Hermanson, 
Sartell, nights; Guilford second going on 
extra list Anoka second closed. Sister Nel- 
son going home a few daya. She will prob- 
ably bump Wipper at Como. Watch the call 
rule and when the phone is used illegally 
send in your call. 

Bro. Haggerty* - third St Anthony Park, 
on 90 days' leave on account of injuring his 
back, Bro. Nelson, extra, relieving; Bro. 
Coates, second Clear Lake, also on 90 days' 
leave. Sister Hales relieving. 

Bro. A. G. Fredrickson, third St Cloud, 
visited his home at Hastings, Minn., fof two 
weeks. 

Sister Hulda Nelson, third Anoka, relieved 
ten days by Sister Martinson, who later wtot 
home owing to lack of work. 

Bro. J. C. Johnson, third Becker, relieved 
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Bro. R. D. Stlckney, of Philbrook, on sick 
list. 

A trolley wire breaklns: recentlr fell acroM 
the telegraph and phone wires, setting Are 
to the wood work of Como Shops office. 
Prompt work by the watchman saved the 
building. 

Do not overlook the pajrment of your divi- 
sion dues and M. B. D. assessments, thus 
saving a lot of unnecessary work for your of- 
ficers and keeping you from becoming de< 
llnquent Times are rather lean for the ex- 
tra men nowadays, but keep up to date, boys. 
Help us to line up the few remaining nons 
and keep the division around the 100 per 
cent mark. 

Nominations for local chairman and dele- 
gate closed Jan. 25th. Bros. Bartee, Little 
Falls; Bttlnger, Coon Creek, and Foulkes, 
Mississippi Street, being the nominees. Pick 
out your man and vote as soon as the ballots 
come out, then it will not be overlooked. 
Let's make it a 100 per cent vote from this 
division. 

R. B. FouLKBS, A. L. C, Cert 20. 



Memhera Dakota DivMon — 

Nineteen hundred and twenty was acme 
year. Now what about 1921? We entered 
last year with a clean 100 per cent member- 
ship, closed the first term and went Into this 
new year also with a 100 per cent 128 red- 
blooded, "boosting" members, paid up in 
every department and 128 on the seniority 
list This is a record every member can well 
feel proud of and strive all the harder to 
hold. Due to our last year's record the 
General Committee, while in session at ^t. 
Paul, voted to give one of the extra dele- 
gates to our division, to reward, in a way, 
the ranking assistant local chairman, Bro. 
Otis H. Underwood, of Elgin, and I trust 
every brother and sister on the main line, 
Mott Linton and Oakes branches, will give 
him a unanimous vote to prove their grate- 
fulness for his long and faithful service. My 
other three "go-gettum" assistants, Bros. 
A. L. Warren, Geo. Olson and H. D. Flow- 
ers, approved his nomination on District No. 
7. As to msrself on District No. 8, I will 
be glad to "carry on" as your humble serv- 
ant and a delegate to the next convention 
if our 100 per cent record and past efforts 
merit your support It w\fl be the aim of 
my worthy assistants and mjrself to always 
maintain "the Dakota" at 100 per cent if the 
same loyal support from the craft is forth- 
coming, as has been so ably demonstrated 
In the past two years. 

Bro. J. E. Bohllg, relief agent Flasher, 
went to Glendive hospital with a touch of 
blood poison, relieved by his helper. 

Bro. Chris Bettger, on leave owing to his 
wife's health, located at Vancouver, Wash., 
writes that the climate has proved beneficial 
thus far. 



Bro. H. A. Ditmanson relieved Bro. Joe 
Smith on third Bismarck a few dajrs, and 
Bro. B. B. Donley relieved Bro. Wm. Hutch- 
inson, agent Flora, while Bill visited at 
Werner a week or so. 

Bro. Lars Svensgaard relieved at Medina, 
later at Maddock, where Bra Klncald re- 
signed, and again at'Bowden. 

Bros. H. A. and Oscar Ditmanson, B. E. 
Donley and Paul Gruber are the four new 
members secured In December. 

Bro. H. L. Mattson, located at Werner, is 
getting his arm in shape for the summer 
ball team to clean up evenrthing on the 
line. 

Bro. B. A. Johnson relieved as agtfit 
Dodge until Bro. Pliny Moen of Barlow 
could pack up his musical instruments, etc., 
and move over. 

Bro. F. H. Carley bumped Sister Irma 
Ingalis, second Medina, who bumped Sister 
Ethel LaFave at Carrlngton, who went on a 
visit to Chicago and her home In Morris, 
Minn. 

We were glad to receive Xmas greetings 
from Bro. Sam Morse, formerly of the 
Dakota, and regret he didn't include his 
address. 

Bro. H. D. Blowers, on leave, Is located at 
Room 408, Y. M. C. A, Seattle, Wash., tak- 
ing on a little more knowledge, and Bro. 
A. V. Flowers writes from Bluefleld, W. Va., 
with "78." 

Bro. .Kenneth McCane is relieving: Sister 
Wlnnifred Watt, on a trip to California. 

Sister Lillian Hawkins, nee Berqulst now 
living in St. Paul permanently. 

Bro. Ross Whltcome Is back on Sheyenne. 
N. D., agency, and Bro. R. Schneider Is buck- 
ing extra list 

Supt Berner requests our co-operation in 
safety section work and asks that we watch 
"unsafe conditions" or "'unsafe practices" 
and report them promptly to his office on 
card form 887 for the staff meetings to han- 
dle. If you haven't any of these forms, or- 
der a supply at once. 

We have a good supply of new seniority 
lists, gladly supplied on request preferably 
^accompanied by a few notes. 

Bro. R. M. Ingle, formerly located at 
Minneapolis, has returned to the "Soo Line" 
at Enderlin. 

All departments have been cut to a mini- 
mum. Dispatcher Bro. Earl Robinson, after 
relieving at Chaseley agency, relieved Bro. 
Chllson at Zap. B. F. Riggs returns to train 
service. 

With four train crews in the "chain gang" 
on the main line, we have reached about the 
lowest ebb of trade for many years. "Keep 
a stiff upper lip" and "don't rock the boat" 
Better days are coming soon. "Kssp on 
amimg." 

Bro. Wm. Bell, agent Fort Clark, received 
the good news that he ^ ^ a re^i.l o^ opQ^ 



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paiij. The most of uM got In on the circular 



Bro. O, W. Sartell is now manager 'M" 
office, with Bros. J. D. Rohrer on second and 
Waino ICatson on third. 

Howard H. Ellsworth, Ii. C. 



Menibera Fargo DMaiim— 

The general manager sent out a circular 
letter dated Dec. 81st, In regard to changes 
made In the handling of Division Safety 
Work, and I am calling upon the agents and 
optfators, collectively and individually, to 
put forth every effort to make a 100 per cent 
record In safety campaigns during 1921, and 
every year henceforth, to keep accidents 
from the ranks. 

We are all more or less prone to overlook 
defects which might cause accidenti, until 
we are Injured personally, when we realize 
that by a little foresight the accident might 
probably have been avoided. Olve your Divi- 
Bioii Safety Committee your united support 
and report any condition that should be cor- 
rected on card Form 887 to the division 
superintendent. Thera it no condition which 
i$ wtafe that ia too tmaU to report. 

I desire to thank you for your support 
dtidng 1980 &nd request a continuance 
thereof during the present year. 

Six years ago, when 1 was first elected 
local chairman, we had nineteen members 
in good standing and nine delinquents. At 
tills wHtlng, Jan. 10th, we have eighty up- 
to^te members and so very few nons, com- 
paratively speaking, that there is every 
c^umoe, by a united effort, to make this divi- 
sion solid. Make our slogan for 1921, "Fargo 
DkHaion one hundred per oent," 

When I covered the division In November 
I stated I would not be a candidate for re- 
election as chairman or delegate, but I re- 
ceived so many requests from members to 
nm, and my personal affairs are in such a 
thape now that I can accept the nomination, 
tto^fore I am an active candidate for those 
poeitfons. 

Do not feel, however, that you have dis- 
charged your full obligation simply by cast- 
tag your ballot for the nominee of your 
<Aoice. You are a unit of the organization . 
tod should give him your undiminished sup- 
port during his term of office. 

M. la, HSTZLBR. 

liako Divieion— 

Bro. Floyd, first Paradise, was off a few 
dATB recently taking out his final papers. 

PlalBs, Heron and Sand Point second and 
Coc«dalla third closed. Bro. Cray, second 
Plains, displaced Sister Jensen on third 
there. Bro. W. A. Bump, second Heron, dls- 
l^Med Bro. Potts, third Sand Point, who dis- 
placed Bro. Mitchell, third Paradise, pre- 
vioQily displaced on second there by Bro. 
Vawter, from second "SA." Bro. Yonker. 
third Cabinet, displaced Bra Slsty, second 



Athol, who bumped Sister Thornton, third 
Ramsey, who is being relieved by Sister Wil- 
liams, extra. Bro. Peterson, third Cocolalla, 
was called to Wisconsin owing to the serious 
Illness of his father, whom we are glad to 
hear Is convalescing. 

Bro. P. A. Anderson resumed on second 
Trout Creek, vice Bro. B. W. Hartman, re- 
leasing Sister Chetham on third, who went 
to Spokane to rest. 

Sister Morton, third Noxon, is being re- 
lieved by Bro. Weaver. 

Dispatchers from Spokane liave been reliev- 
ing out on the line a few days recently : Lee 
on second Marshall Tower, Stiles relieving 
Bro. Ed LaMorreaux on second Kootenai 
Yard, Herring at Davenport and BL M. Tay- 
lor relieving Bro. Mays at Moscow. 

J. V. Qephart, a member on this division 
some years ago, called on the Spokane Relay 
men during the holidays. 

Bro. F. A. Hartman, first Thompson Falls, 
is being relieved by his brother, Bro. G. D. 
Hartman. Sister Howe and the latter re- 
lieved Bro. and Sister Stevens, first and third 
Klldee, during the holidays. 

Bro. Bill Blver at "J" says there is noth- 
ing like a box car for an office. It seems 
more like home to work in one. 

Bro. A. Sater, agent Cabinet, Is being re- 
lieved by A. L. Anderson, who we soon hope 
to call brother, and Bro. Fred Smith, sec- 
ond there, on a trip to Spokane, was re- 
lieved by Sister Pauline, who later relieved 
Sister Percy, first Ramsey, on a trip to Den- 
ver with her husband to visit Bro. Percy's 
sick brother. Cntr. 881. 



Montana DifoiaUm — 

Add to your seniority list: Jesse Cook, 
Cert. 2509, and R. V. Wright. Cert. 2510. 

Mrs. Ruth Dillavou desires to thank the 
members of this divisioil for our kindness 
and sympathy in her bereavement, and the 
beautiful fioral offering. 

Our division took the second prise for the 
largest number of new members on this sys- 
tem during 1920, the Pasco Division beating 
us by only one member, securing 42, and 
we 41. However, we led them by four in 
net gain, ours being 86 to their 82. We also 
led by three new applicants, having written 
30, to their 27 but they won by transfers 
and reinstatements. 

The North Dakota Division closed the 
year, as they did last, with one hundred per 
cent membership, and the Tacoma Division 
tied the former for the high percentage posi- 
tion in the contest this year, closing with 
one hundred per cent. In spite of our splen- 
did showing as to new members, we finished 
almost last in point of percentage member- 
ship. A point in explanation of this is that 
the other dilfijsions' chief dispatchers, in com- 
piling the new seniority lists for the close 
of the year, reduced their extra lists to a 
mininnim to meet the recent "Wall Street" 



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retrenchment (?), while this division is 
carrying the full quota of the past year. 
Possibly no other division on the syBtem has 
such a transient extra list as ours. For 
instance, one operator came to and left the 
division three times the past year. About 
a dozen grirls were hired from the Butte 
Telegraph (?) School. We wrote applica- 
tions for eight of them, but none are now 
working. About the time one scans his list, 
feeling that he has them all in the fold, a 
new one appears (quarterly) with new 
names not before heard of, as seldom, if 
ever, does a member take the trouble to ad- 
vise the local chairman, much' less to "line 
up" newcomers. Such seeming indifference 
on the part of the entire membership, with 
very few exceptions, is discouraging to local 
chairmen. You will probably know, by the 
time this reaches you, who is to act in that 
capacity for you next term. If you expect 
his work to be successful, and your interests 
guarded, it is high time that some helpful 
interest be shown by all members. The 
possession of a card is the least part of 
unionism. Lef s get into the game and help 
whoever is chosen to make the Montana 
Division a leader. A. J. R. 

Montana Division Notes — 

Our new seniority lists are being distrib- 
uted. If you did not get yours, Bro. Ran- 
ger will send you one. Quite a few agents* 
names are shown by the new certificate 
numbers, including Bros. Wright, Whitehall; 
Cook, Twin Bridges, and Thornton, Brldger, 
leaving only two on our division without an 
up-to-date thanks to Bro. Ranger's hard 
work. 

Don't overlook paying your dues. We 
don't want a delinquent this period. 

Bro. Lyssow to second train orders, Liv- 
Ingston, vice Bro. Rhodes to Solesia agendy. 
Bro. Comelie, **W," Butte, opening Home- 
stake second, bid in by Sister Comelie open- 
ing agency there that has not been opened 
for a long time. Bro. and Sister Comelie 
held it down several years. The latter is 
now on sick leave. We hope for her speedy 
and complete recovery. 

Two tricks taken ofT at Springtime and 
a fone booth installed within a few hundred 
feet of the olHce. Our schedule plainly reads, 
''Where telegraphers are on duty any portion 
of the day or night, train and enginemen 
will be required to call such telegraphers, 
if available, for emergency service." Watch 
this and send in your call when the fone 
is used illegally. 

Please help out with a few notes next 
month. "FN," Cert 2078. 



.Nason and Bro. Manion advised of your 
change of address. 

Bro. and Sister McMasters are visiting Ih 
the West; also Bro. Q. M. Robertson, Glad- 
stone. Sister Winnifred Oraves has returned 
from the Bast. 

Bro. J. W. Golden, after an extended leave 
on account of sickness, returned to Montana, 
and is now in Glendive HoepttaL 

We are glad to note that Pompeys Pillar 
is now filled by a solid O. R. T. force, the . 
passing of the old-time non there was in- 
deed good news. We now have but two of 
them left on the division. Names furnished 
on request 

' I hope each one will promptly pay both 
dues and M B. D. assessments. 

In order to keep the flower fund going, 
each one is requested to remit one dollar to 
Sister D. M. Wilkins, Glendive, for the Y. S. 
O. R. T. Club. Flowers are continually be- 
ing supplied to those unfortunates com- 
pelled to come to the hoepitaL Please keep 
operators in "GI" advised when anyone 
comes there so we can have the flowers sent 
out, as often we do not know of it. 

Would like to see a very large vote polled 
for local officers, as it indicates that you are 
interested in our affairs. 

E. A. Bhand, Local Chairman. 



Yelloicstone Division-^ 

Closing offices and bumping seems to be 
the order of the day, when so many are mov- 
ing around. Do not overlook keeping Bro. 



Taooma Division-' 

Bro. T. H. Ritchie, second Centralia, has 
been lingering for some time between life 
and death with heart trouble. His recovery 
is doubtful. 

Bro. J. B. Gravbeal, found to be color 
blind, has been succeeded as agent-operator 
at St. Clair by Bro. H. W. Jones, and he at 
Yacolt agency by Bro. S. H. Gay, succeeded 
at Bumett agency by Sister Mrs. A. E. 
Curtright 

Bro. J. J. McGillis, second American Lake, 
station for Camp Lewis, and family spent 
six weeks in the Bast, relieved by Bro. 
Woodruff. 

Bro. T. H. House relieved on third St. 
Clair several weeks. 

Sister Mrs. M. L. Lyons is spending a few 
months at her home in Seattle. Bros. W. M. 
Woodruff and W. W. Sedgewick, extras, re- 
lieving her successively. 

Dispatchers Bradbury, Adams, Seblist ami 
Graham taken off recently owing to reduc- 
tion in force, and Steilacoom was reduced 
to an agent-operator position, ' Bro. W. G. 
Mann, former agent, accepting it, displacing 
W. S. Grover, first there, who went to third 
Sixth Avenue. Several weeks later this ar- 
rangement was found Impracticable, being 
too heavy for one man, and first was re- 
established, Bro. D. D. Zimmerman, filling 
in, later succeeded by Sister Mildred Mc- 
Intjrre. 

Local Chairman Bmerick, agent-operator 
at NLsqually, while attending the committee 
meeting at St. Paul, was relieved by Bra 



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W. B. Roffers, who later relieved Bro. N. D. 
PpwerSf a^ent Carbondale, a few days. 

Recent developments on this line show that 
it bdiooves us all to '*watch our step/' obey 
the rules, and bend our energies to greater 
e£Bciency. 

There should be a good news gatherer on 
thto dlTlsion. Cbst. 1461. 



Wheeling & Lake Erie Ry., DIv. 55. 
Cleveland DiviHon-^ 

Bro. Lew Davis is acting agent at Adena. 
D. S. Annis, a new man, toolc Kenwood agency. 
O. W. Pearse bid in second Lodi ; H. A. Smith, 
third Harmon, and Bro. Blue, Justus, days. 
R. L Flowers bid in first Adena, and W. V. 
Dethel, second, but later resigned. John 
Davis is now on third Mingo Yard, and 
Hears, a new man, on third Mogadore. Bro. 
C L. Farquhar bid in second Harmon, and 
C G. Pair, second •'!>/' Brewster. 

Second Baltic closed owing to depression 
in business. Sister McFee bumped I. M. 
Voorhees off third Falls Junction, who bid 
in second there. 

Bro. F. H. Tueficher, agent Somerdale, is 
being relieved by Relief Agent Foster. Bro. 
J. D. Brandal, relieving Belt Line Junction 
diiBpatchers, relieved by Moulton, who was 
later relieved by Burke, and relieved Bro. 
Marvin, first Lodi, on account of sickness. 
Later Burke went to second Somerdale, and 
Malone, a new man, relieved Sister Welch 
on third there owing to illness. 

Bro. B. Q. Knowlton, agent Mogadore, and 
Sister Odean Scholl, third there, were mar- 
ried on Christmas. Congratulations. 

Cmr. 818. 

Tt^edo DkHaUm, Weet Bnd-^ 

We have about nine extra men, all work- 
ing full time, and it's impossible to get a 
<iay off, although several new and old men 
arrived lately. 

Remit promptly, boys, for your new cards. 

Bro. ^essengen, third Orrville Junctldn, 
off sick, was relieved by C. T. U. Bro. W. V. 
Bethol, from -Big A" general office, Cleve- 
land, who lalfer bid in Adena second, relieved 
by Bro. Mike Henry, from Division 29. Bro. 
Bethol will soon take out a transfer. 

Bro. Miller, second Lodi, has resigned and 
Vsft for Toleda 

Brg. Ames, second Limestone, recently 
bad his chicken house demolished and his 
prise chickens scattered to the four winds, 
when four cars in No. 84 derailed at Clyde, 
uid left the right of way. 

Relieving Dispatcher Farquhar, who bid 
In flnt Brewster Yard, later bid in Harmon 
leoond. 

Hessage room, superintendenfe oflice, cut 
one man, Mr. Dell relieving Schaffer on 
Brewster Yard first 

Local Chairman Marvin, Lodi first, off 
•Wing to the eerlous iUnesa of his wife. Is 



.being relieved by Mr. Moulton, who has 
promised to Join shortly. 

Sunday hours have been cut out at Smith- 
ville, Brighton, Spencer, Clarksfield and 
Kingsway. 

Electric lights have been installed at 
Smithville and Lodi. 

Owing to the refusal of the trainmen to 
handle orders on terminals, operators have 
been put on at South Yard, Huron, South 
Lorain and second and third Mingo Yard. 
The practice of trainmen handling orders at 
terminals should never have been tolerated. 

Cbrt. 222. 



Nashville, Chattanooga & St L., Div. 57. 
Chattanooga Divisiotk-^ 

Our regular meeting was held at Bridge- 
port on Jan. 8th, with an increased attend- 
ance. It is very gratifying to see the men 
taking more interest in these meetings, and 
we hope that before the year is out more 
of them will make it their duty to attend. 

There is always something brought out at 
these meetings that you are not likely to 
learn of unless you attend and take part in 
the discussion of the i^ints brought out 

I had the pleasure of attending a Joint 
meeting of the lines entering Chattanooga, 
on Jan. 16th, when President Manion gave 
us a very instructive talk. I was sorry more 
of the brethren could not be present and 
hear him. * 

We also had a nice and pleasant trip to 
' Signal Mountain, which was very much en- 
Joyed. Thanks to the brethren who ar- 
ranged it 

Sister Aline Miller, Cert 269, for herself 
and family, desires to thank the members 
of this division for the beautiful florals and 
words of sympathy in their bereavement at 
the time of her father's death. 

Remember, you only have until February 
28th in which to pay your dues and keep in 
good standing. Hope you will not overlook 
this all-important duty. 

You remember what it meant to be called 
a "slacker" during the World War. It is 
Just as bad to be a "slacker" now in the 
Order. The co-operation of every member 
is essentiaL Don't stand back and wait to 
see what the other fellow is going to do. Do 
what you know you should do. Pay your 
dues and see that those with and near you 
do likewise. 

It is now Bro. W. H. Hoover, Sherwood. 
Tenn. J. S. Christian, Cert 121. 



Paducah and Memphis Division — 

I have been appointed correspondent for 
this division and will appreciate your assist- 
ance. Send me news at the time you hear it 
so I can get it to The Tslboraphsr l>efore 
the 25th of each month. 

Local Chairman Joyner went over the divi- 
sion recently, relieved by Bro. Brown. , 

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General Chairman Arnold si>ent several 
days in Lexington during the latter part of 
December. 

Bro. Boren, agent Murray, and wife spent 
several days with home folks at Dardcn re- 
cently. Bro. Holland, agent Lexingrton, vis- 
ited home folks at Murray recently. 

Bro. Russell, a new man from the I. C, 
relieved Bro. Brown, third Mercer, while he 
worked Lexington first a few days during the 
shortage of men. Second Murray abolished, 
yours truly displacing Bro. Odell, Lexington 
second. 

Bro. "Slim" Lawson, first Jackson, has 
been appointed secretary and treasurer to 
fill the remainder of Bro. Whitehom's term. 
Bro. Blackwell, second there, while ofC sick, 
was relieved by Bro. Blackwell, extra. 

Bro. Odell is back on third Jackson after 
a serious illness. 

We hope the management will reverse the 
decision in Bro. Miller's case and allow him 
to return to Laconia agency. 

Bros. Pipkin and Batten have the Martin 
"fever." 

I notice in the Journal that most all lines 
are having monthly meetings, except the P. 
& M. Let's get together and arrange to have 
a meeting at least once a month. Under- 
stand this is the strongest division' on the 
system. Let's keep it that way. 

Some good brothei; on the north end keep 
close watch on conductors using the tele- 
phone and report it promptly to the local 
chairman, so he can handle for adjustment. 
Recently an operator on the Nashville Divi- 
sion heard a conductor copy an order while 
the phone was cut through. These conductors 
have been instructed not to use the 'phone, 
only in case of wreck, emergency, etc. 

Brothers, do all in your power to render 
efficient service. Report trains to dispatcher 
promptly and call his attention to conditions 
that might help in the safe movement of traf- 
fic. The unnecessary stoppage of one train 
may mean hours of detention to others. Let's 
all stay awake on duty an^d do our sleeping 
at home. H. L. Bbalb^ Cert. 30& 



Louisville & Nashville R. R., DIv. 58. 

8. Sr y. A. DiiHakm— 

The meeting at Birmingham, Monday 
night, January 17th, was well attended, sev- 
eral roads being represented. 

Among those present were Local Chairman 
Pierce of the A. G. S. and Chairman Laugh- 
lin of the N. O. & N. E. The latter gave us 
a good talk and explained the situation on 
his road. 

The speaker of the evening, President 
Manion, delivered a splendid address, touch- 
ing on some very important subjects, among 
them being "The Co-operative Bank," to be 
owned and operated by the O. R. T. Al- 
though his data on the subject, he said, was 
as yet incomplete, he was working on a con- 



crete proposition which he will submit at the 
proper time. 

This is a subject of vital importance 
to the workers, especially the members of 
our Order, as putting our money in Wan 
Street banks is simply furnishing our em- 
ployers ammunition to be used in fighting 
us. Anyone who doubts this can satisfy him- 
self by a little quiet observation.. 

The president also touched briefly on the 
M. B. D. and its activities ; also on the status 
of the protective and general funds, giving a 
few figures on each subject which were of 
much Interest 

The result of our choice for local chair- 
man, also for delegates and alternates to tbe 
Savannah, Ga., convention this coming Hay 
will no doubt be known before this appears 
in print 

The writer has been studying closely the 
question of cutting down the representatiop 
in the conventions, and hopes to be able to 
present his views on the matter at an early 
date. 

Another thing; many of us are buying * 
and reading newspapers, etc, that are hostile 
to us. It seems silly, to say the least to 
spend $20.00 to $25.00 a year each to main- 
tain our Order and then donate $10.00 of it 
to a Wall Street paper to help knock us into 
a cocked hat There is published In the 
Machinists' Building, at Washington, D. C, 
by the sixteen railroad organizations, a 
small weekly called "Labor," which prints 
the news for $2.00 a year; or, in clubs of 
fifty, for $1.50 a year. Write your local 
chairman for further particulars in regard to 
this clubbing rate. This paper is having a ' 
fight to live and is fighting our fight Presi- 
dent Manion, referring to it in his address, 
said : *'It ia the beat paper in America to- 
day." You should send in your subscription 
at once and help a project to exist that is 
helping us. Also write or speak to me about 
a little pamphlet (price 60c, postpaid) which 
exposes the evils of the capitalist press. Ic 
will pay you to buy and read it 

Brothers, pay up your dues and^ take out 
an annual if you can, and get after every 
non with or near you. There^ are still two 
on the south and one on the north end and 
two on the B. & M. Give them no rest until 
they Join. 

Flint agency closed. Sister Layman de- 
clining to bid on anything. Vinemont cldsed. 
Bro. Murphy displacing Bro. Fanning kt Sil- 
wira, who took Morbury agency. Bangor 
agency closed and Kimberley closed, Bro. 
'•Tom" Davidson- of latter bumping Bro. O. 
C. Bush, third Helena, extra board. 

Elvista closed, Bro. Hammond displacios 
Sister Bible at Morris. 

Bro. Cook, clerk Garden City, succeeded 
by C. A. Pike of the Clerks' Union. 

This is my first attempt at a write-up. 
But if you will mail your notes and items of 
interest to me before the 16th of each month, 



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I will arransre and send them In for next 
number. Bbrtrakd Simpson^ Cert. 680, 
aarden City, Ala. 

L. C. L, DMMonr- 

I regret to report the death of Bro. M. B. 
Cochran, Anchorage, Ky., on December 18 th, 
who has been with the L. & N. continuously 
since January 19, 1911. ^ 

He was an enthusiastic member, being one 
of the first to Join when this road was or- 
ganised. The L. & N. ha3 lost a faithful 
employe and the Order a true member. 

Bro. Cochran leaves a widow and three 
small children, to whom we extend our heart- 
felt sympathy in their bereavement. 

He was burled in liOulsville, Ky., and all 
who could possibly do so, attended the fu- 
neral 

All that remains to^ us is a memory in the 
minds of his friends and an aching void in 
the hearts of the loved ones who are left 
behind. 

Bro. Burge, visiting relatives at Lagrange 
several days, was relieved by Bro. J. Paul, 
who later relieved Bro. Chapman. 

Bro. H. £3. Rucker was off two days, visit- 
ing relatives. 

Bro. D. C. Silcox has resumed after being 
confined with typhoid fever. 

Brothers, send me your notes by the 10th 
of each month, so we could have a good 
write-up. 

Remember, "No card, no favors/' 

U C. Thomas^ Cert. li«2, 
Frankfort, Ky. 



Eenderaon Division — 

If you have not paid your dues for 1921, do 
so at once, as you become delinquent on 
March 1st. Your organization needs your 
financial as well as moral support. 

The entire division extends sympathy to 
Bra Herman Ballard on accolint of the death 
of his mother. 

Local Chairman Jones, in Louisville on 
general committee work for a week, reports 
things In general looking good. 

fflsters Petrie and Wimberly off several 
<Uys on account of sickness, and Bro. L. 8. 
Jackson, agent Earlington, several weeks for 
his health, which, we are glad to note, is 
improving. 

L. Roy Sherry, a former telegrapher on 
this division, has been appointed traveling 
freight claim agent, with headquarters at 
Bvansvllle, Ind. 

Bro. A. v. Foster gave up the cashiership 
of the Springfield freight office to re-enter 
the telegraph service, bidding in second 
Romney. Bro. Frank Redmond left the 
agency there.* succeeded by Bro. Cesne, to ac- 
cept a position with the freight claim de- 
partment at Louisville. Bro. Parrott suc- 
ceeded OB third Cedar Hill by Bro. John Red- 



When an extra man comes to your station 
to work, inquire if he has an up-to-date card. 
If he has, show him you appreciate it If 
he has no card, inquire into the matter, as he 
may be mentally unbalanced. 

J. N. J., Cert. 610. 

Eaatem Kentucky Division — 

There was an error in the December issue 
in regard to Bro. C. C. Whisman. His 
brother, Courtney, is assistant agent at O. & 
K. Junction, and C. C. visited him en route 
from Jackson, Ky., to Indianapolis, to work 
for the W. U. Another brother, "Stivers." * 
also visited Courtney at O. & K. Juncfion. 
My use of the word "here," instead of 
*'Jackson, Ky.," and the merging of two para- 
graphs into one by the editor accounts for 
the error. "Stivers*' was also off a few days 
recently, owing to illness ' in "Courtney's" 
family. 

We are sorry to learn that A. H. Triplett, 
a former brother operator, was killed by a 
local freight train on Chistmas day. 

Bro. T. E. Perkins bid in third Jackson 
Shops; Bro. Mayhall, second Jackson Depot, 
and Bro. H. M. Knuckles, first North ESnd 
Hazard Tunnel. He is the on^y operator so 
ffer to help out with the write-up. 

Brothers, if you have not yet done so, pay 
your dues at once. Make our division "solid 
O. R. r./' and there will be no attempt to de- 
crease wages. "In union there is strength/' 
and the strong are respected by every one, 
including employers. If we weaken we will 
get the contempt we deserve. 

B, J. Dorset, Cert. 908. 



OwensJforo and Ncishville Divisions — 

Appoint yourselves a committee of one to 
get in the few nons on this division. It is as 
much your interest to have it solid as our offi- 
cers'. The better we are organized the 
greater results will be secured. A man 
should take a keen sense of pride in the or- 
ganization that protects his particular craft, 
the means of which is the source of his live- 
lihood and that of his family. One enjoys 
seeing another brother wear an O. R. T. 
button, but it is more gratifying, by far, to 
observe a brother distinguished by the good 
works he does in behalf of the Order. 

The time is not far distant when we are 
going to be face to face with the problem of 
existence, and it is going to be mighty hard 
to combat with such a condition. Capital Is 
organizing against labor, and it looks a great 
deal like our government to be is also very 
much against labor, as the chairman of the 
committee to investigate labor questions is 
advocating the "open shop." Many news- 
papers are denouncing labor and its leaders, 
branding us as being absolutely wrong in our 
motives and in our aim at self-protection. 

We have as much right, and It is to our 
interest and welfare, to have an organiza- 
tion, as it is for business to be organized. The 

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banks are organized as the "United States 
Bankers' Association" ; the Qoal mine oper- 
ators under the head of various associations, 
such as "Western Coal Operators' Associa- 
tion" ; the transportation system of the coun- 
try as "The American Association of Rail- 
ways"; the general merchants as '*The Mer- 
cantile Agencies Association/' etc 

Business is absolutely robbing labor and 
the public generally; the business men we 
deal with are charging us double and treble 
the cost of necessaries we are forced to buy 
from them. 

With all these various things taken under 
consideration, I am unable to understand why 
some of our telegraphers and agents will re- 
main on the outside and others go delinquent. 
We must pay our dues and assessments and 
get in these men, in order to protect our- 
selves against the aggression of capital. Call 
on me for application blanks and get busy, 
and those of you who haven't paid your dues, 
please send them in at once and be on the 
safe side. Give all the assistance you can 
to the railroad officials to keep traffic mov- 
ing, and show them that members of the O. 
R. T. give the best service. 

E. H. Ston>, Cert. 2687. 

Cincinnati Terminal Division^ 

Bro. King has returned fropa Texas, where 
he went for his health, but regret very much 
to learn the trip has done him no good. 

Several on our division have been oft sick, 
but all are Improving at present. 

Let's all have our new cards by February 
28th and have no - delinquents. While our 
dues have recently been raised, we must take 
into consideration the benefits we are -deriv- 
ing from the Order and that our expenses 
have been great during the past year. As It 
will not be necessary for special assessments, 
the advance in dues is very reasonable. 

Keep after the fellow next to you who has 
no card and ask him if he doesn't think it is 
time for him to wake up and carry his own 
load, as we feel like we have carried it for 
him long enough. 

If the old slogan, "No card, no favors/' has 
no eftect, adopt one like this, '*No card, no 
rest/' "St," Cert. 1100. 

8t. Louia DiviHat^^ 

The increase in membership dues may seem 
rather high to some of lis, but it does not 
raise us on a parity with the majority of 
workingmen's unions, and we get about the 
same and better results than some of them. 

We extend our deep sympathy and regret to 
Bro. Theo. Hatcher, agent Carmi, and family, 
owing to the death of a ten-year old daugh- 
ter on January 9 th. A floral offering was 
donated for the funeral. 

Bro. Youngs, second "DX," was off several 
days during the holid£iys. It is now Bro. 
Diller on first there. 



Brothers, give the nons no rest. We have 
been supporting them too long already. If 
they will not line up and help bear their part 
of the burdto, you know what to do. Put It 
into effect. 

Sister Qlanig relieved a few da3rs at "Q" 
by Sister Louise. Eads, and Bro. Long by 
Grissom. 

Bra Wallace, third "Q," relieved a few 
days recently by Bro. Brownlie, Jr., who also 
relieved Bro. Sharp, thinj "UN," who spent 
New Year's day in Evansville, and Bro. 
Lowry, second "MN," off several days, after 
which he relieved Bro. Wilkey. third "MB." 
indefinitely. Bro. Raley, third "KA," has 
been relieved indefinitely by Bro. Walthes. 

Bro. Haege, second "P," was off a few dajrs 
during the holidays ; also Sister Heggy, third 
, there. 

Bro. Foley, agent £2quality, succeeded by 
Brownlie, Sr., and he at E^nfield agency by 
Bro. Tucker, displaced at second E^nfield by 
Diets, bumped from second Carmi by Bro. 
Vaught. 

Bro. Meyers relieved by Bro. Ha^ebush on 
first "UN" several days recently. 
. Bro. Lyons, who has been bucking the extra 
board, bid in Beaucoup agency. 

Bro. Pemberton, first "MB," was off a few 
days, January 1st, owing to sickness. 

It's "Grandpa" Harris at "Z" freight house 
now. 

We hope all concerned will send in the 
news happening over the division. In order 
to get them in the Journal for the following 
month, it will be necessary to mail them by 
the 14 th of each month to K. H. Compton, 
L. C, 'IID," care of J. A. Hanley. Q. Y. M., 
East St. Louis, 111. It will only take a very 
few minutes of any one's time at each office 
to get the monthly events together, and w^ill 
be greatly appreciated by us, as it is dtfD- 
cult to secure the correct information from 
all points ourselves. 

Now, boys, all we ask is a little co-opera- 
tion from you in this respect, and we win 
endeavor to place an interesting write-up be- 
fore you each month. 

L. T. Gholson, Cert 242.' 
A. M. McFaddin, Cert 142. 



Southern Railway, DIv. 59. 
Washington Division^ 

Owing to the heavy work of Bro. J. W. 
Burgess, I have been appointed by him divi- 
sion correspondent My notes last month 
reached St Louis too late for publication. 
As they must be in the hands of the Bditor 
before the 20th of the month, kindly send me 
your items In time, so I can arrange to get 
them in on time. 

Get after your nearest non neighbor and 
give him no rest until he joins. tThe signs of 
the times show that now, if ever, we need to 
be solidly organized. 

It Lb now Bro. dinger, thanks to Bro. 
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be able to do likewise. Bro. Bloxton, Broad 
Bud, is anotlier real brother. 

Honroe split trick closed and Bro. Locketf s 
position cut out, displacing Bro. Harrell, who 
bumped Bro. X. Munday, the latter displacing 
Bra B. Munday^ who succeeded Bro. Con- 
nelly, the latter bumping Bro. Crump, second 
Calverton, to extra board, who later relieved 
Bro. Schellhorse, Culpeper second, on sick 
list 

Bro. Haclierchant, first Cameron Run, was 
relieved bx Bro. Bdmonds on account of sick- 
ness in his family. 

Sister Feilds, first Shipman, who was re- 
Kered by Bro. Feilds for a few days, later 
relieved Bro. Williams, Broadway agency, on 
account of sickness. 

Bros. Mock of Clifton, and Hyde of Bris- 
tow, on a trip to St. Louis and Chicago for 
a week, were relieved by Bros. Feilds and Ed- 
monds. 

"CD" Alexandria split, cut out, put Bro. 
Fuilkner on extra. 

Bro. Bruce, agency Gilbert, relieved for 
two dasrs by Bro. Edmonds, who later re- 
lieved Bro. dinger, Nokesville, one day. 

The notes that our brothers and sisters are 
writing in regard to handling the U. S. mail 
sure interest us alL I believe if the ofllcials 
would eome out and handle some of the 
beavy mails, we would be free in four months' 
time. Let's have some more on the subject 

Stick together, boys, and we are sure to 
win. 

Lefs have a few notes from you ''weed- 
liners." If you can't write, make the news 
and let your fHend write the notes. Same to 
the fellows on the "Main." 

"SS," Cert 1986. 



BirminoTMtn DiviaUm — 

Bro. J. H. Cr^ishaw, transferred to Ensley, 
Ala., agency, succeeded at Blossburg by Bro. 
D. M. Kllgore from Corona. 

The division is more than 100 per cent 
now, but we have a few delinquents who, I 
hope, will remit at once, so I can arrange 
to have you reinstated. This is very im- 
porUnt at this time. 

During this year there is a work for us 
ftO to do. Let's laugh off our discourage- 
mrat and begin in earnest 

Down in the ways of life we walk at the 
bead of some procession ; we are either shed- 
ding Ught or spreading gloom. Life is full 
of future, fascination and opportunities, and 
every tomorrow brings in a new chance. 

In this season of "Peace on earth, good 
win to men," I send cordial greetings in deep 
appreciation of your good will — a most pre- 
ckfus asset in our business relations, without 
which I realhse that my efforts, as your local 
chahrman would have met ^ith failure. 

I want to express my deep appreciation for 
the nice leather handbag given me by the 
members of this division, and thank you one 
and aQ for the consideration given me and 



our organization in the past. I am deter- 
mined to show my appreciation therefor, if 
service to my co-laborers will do so, and 
trust that the new year will bring us all the 
success desired, and to our homes health and 
hapt>iness. The string to the latch on my 
door hangs outside; when I can serve you, 
pull the string. L. K. BowsfN, Cert 929,- 
Local Chairman. 



Atlanta Division-^ 

1 have been appointed correspondent for 
this division, and as I am entirely new on 
the job, I ask you boys to give me all the 
notes you can fick up. This division has 
not had a write-up' in a good many months, 
but with your assistance we will try and 
have one each month. As it will be impos- 
sible for me to know what Is going on above 
Atlanta, I ask that some of you 100 per cent 
members keep me posted on the occurrences ' 
up there, and I will try and keep this end 
lined up, even though I have been promoted 
recently to operator-leverman, mail and bag- 
gageman, and have not the time to keep up 
with movements as well as heretofore. There 
has been some slicing going on here lately 
in way of force and overtime. 

Bro. Rush, Helena freight agent, has had 
his porter cut off and is required to do all 
work in eight hours, with no overtime al- 
lowed. I think, however, he has on his bid- 
ding clothes. 

Bro. H. L. Wilson, ticket agent Helena, sick 
thirty days with jaundice, is being relieved 
by former ticket agent Bro. F. B. May. 

We regret to hear of the illness of Bro. 
Burks at Eastman, relieved by Bro. Cooper. 
The doctors say his chances are slim for re- 
covery. We hope* for the best, however, and 
trust that he will soon be restored to health 
and be with us again. 

Bro. Tracy has returned to second Lumber 
City after several weeks' illness, relieved by 
Bro. Jim Bland, who, we understand, has 
taken unto himself a wife. Congratulations ! 

I am not in position to say how many nons 
we have around us, but understand there are 
some. Boys, it is time you were coming in 
now; the battle is nq^ far away; we need 
you, and you some day, when you have a 
grievance to handle, will need us, but will 
be out of luck Without a card. Let's line up 
and don't make a few carry the burden. 
J. H. Bos WELL, Cert. 708, 

Helena, Georgia. 



AaheviUe Division — 

With deep regret we announce the death 
of the esteemed wife of Bro. M. A. Brlnkly, 
ticket agent Morganton, N. C. Bro. Brinkly 
has the sympathy of everyone on the divi- 
sion. He desires to thank us all for the 
many kindnesses extended during the sick- 
ness and demise of his loved one. 

Wonder what the card men think now. I 
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reaction predicted before the election. It hit 
this dlvicrlon pretty hard, and it looks like it 
will hit it harder yet. Cuttlngr off ahort 
hauls, locals and many telegraph Jobs makes 
it seem like a branch line now to what It did 
two months ago. 

firo. Rymer cut off first "SI" in "XO." 
and consolidating split trick, caused Bro. 
Rymer to displace Bro. Moss, second "JU," 
who took third there, vice Bro. Qrasty. 

Kebo third, Glenalpine, Drexel, Elmwood 
and Greenlee abolished, Bro. Lail going to 
third Coleman and Bro. Hutto to Hildebran 
. agency. Bro. Bell, Tyron, cut out, rolled Bro. 
Pearsoi^ who bumped Agent Steelman. 

Bro. Hair, second Nebo, was fined five dol- 
lars and costs for failure to give In his in- 
come tax. Whoever heard before of an op- 
erator having an income? 

Bro. Williams relieved by Bro. Ky. Wil- 
kinson ninety days, account sickness. 

Bro. Bright, second Greenlee, bid in second 
Coleman. 

It's now Bro. Loftin. Keep after the nons 
on this division. Everyone that has a non 
working with them, show no favors to them 
uutil they see the light and join our grand 
old order, that has stood by them through 
thick and thin and will still continue to do so 
as long as there is a member. 

Bro. Fatten, second Bridgewater, relieved 
a few days by Archer, who later resigned. 

We should start a flower fund on this divi- 
sion and save the trouble of taking up collec- 
tions after the death of any of our members 
or members of their families. Bro. Coulter, 
suppose you tax each one 25 cents a year 
for this? 

No use to ask you fellows for news any 
more, so I will try to dojfe it out in future 
alone. Tox, Cert. 2066. 



Atch., Topeka A Santa Fe Ry., DIv. 61. 
Lo9 Angeles Division — 

I wish to personally thank each brother 
and sister subscribing to the forty-five dol- 
lar purse tendered me with the season's 
greetings at Christmas time. The co-opera- 
tion of all the members in our division busi- 
ness is appreciated sfhd with like co-opera- 
tion during the coming year we can accom- 
plish better deeds and put this division on a 
par with the best of them in membership. 
By a judicious, personal solicitation by mem- 
bers of the "none" we can succeed in reach- 
ing a more favorable percentage of mem- 
bership. Each member is an organizing com- 
mittee with full power to solicit. 

Yours for a new 1921 to be thankful for. 
H. J. Hbanst, Local Chairman. 



Phoenix Division, Coast Lines — 

The new year clean-up drive brought in 
the two remaining eligibles working sched- 
uled positions, making this division 100 per 
cent again. We are extremely proud of this 
record, and let* s all make a special effort 



to keep this solid front in the future. Don't 
get careless and let yourself slii^ into the 
delinquent list. 

Bro. Haacke, agent-operator, Kirkland^ is 
on an extended leave to the Coast. He la 
No. 2 on the seniority list, having started 
to work upon the division in 1898. We all 
hope, to see him back before long feeling: 
like a real young man. 

Farmers in the valley failed to profit by 
the cheap Mexican labor shipped in from 
Mexico to pick their cotton crop. They can- 
not sell their cotton, and now the Mexicans 
are getting all of the odd jobs to be had. 
The Mexican was brought here to compNete 
with white labor and not to save the white 
man's money. 

This unrestricted immigration from Mex- 
ico gave us an abundant supply of handUs. 
The shooting of three Tempe dtlsens re- 
cently by these outlaws proved how barbar- 
ous the Mexican bandit really is. If the 
Cotton Growers* Association were to reoelve 
the same commissions in deporting this ele- 
ment as it received for importing them we 
would probably be rid of them soon. No one 
can feel secure with 21,000 Mexicans around 
who have known nothing but murder for 
several years. 

The slump In business has caused quite 
a reduction on the division, the clerical 
forces having suffered considerably. Thus 
far we have only had one position abolished 
in the telegraph department 

Bro. O. D. Betts, former agent Glendale, 
is a busy man. He is now Representative of 
the Eighth District in the State Legislature, 
manager of several large ranches, and state 
agent for the West Coast Life Insurance 
Company. 

Bro. D. L. Collins, operator at Vlcksburg, 
is on a 90-day trip to the Coast. Bro. Khee^ 
agent Cherry Creek; Bister Pansy Knee, 
operator Skull Valley, and Mrs. Knee are 
visiting in Glendale. 

Bro. Amos A. Betts, chairman of the State 
Corporation Commission, was also a recent 
visitor in Glendale. It has been a long time 
since Bro. Betts was in the railroad service, 
but he still has an up-to-date in his pocket. 

Notice of withdrawal of your bid upon a 
position is just as important as the bid. 
Please send me copies in the future and pre- 
vent unnecessary correspondence. 

B. P. O'RouRKB, Local Chairman. 



Arizona Division — 

Bro. Lange, agent Fenner, called In on ac- 
count of the death of his brother, relieved by 
Bro. Mac. 

Hayden, formerly third Klondilce, who bid 
in second Goffs, was taken ill ' and died in 
the Los Angeles «hospitaL 

Bro. Springer, second Goffs, spent a week 
in Los Angeles, relieved by Bro. Phillips, a 
new man; his brother, another new man, 
also a ''brother," relieved Bro. Owens, seo- 



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ond Klondike, while he spent a week with 
his family. lAter these Phillips brothers re- 
lieved Sister McCoxmell, second Franconla, 
who spent Xmas with Sister Duncan, Hector, 
and Sister McCall, who spent a week in Los 
Angekfl. 

Bro. Weinstock, third Daggett, transferred 
to Danby agency; Bro. R. E. Williams, to 
Yampi, and Bro. Dresback, to first Nelson. 
Ludlow bid In first Bagdad ; Bro. and Sister 
Fries, second and third Siberia, and Bro. 
Femandea, third Kramer, bid in third Water. 

Bro. Morgan, agent Bagdad, is giving his 
regular weelUy dances. All the brothers and 
sisters are cordially invited. 

Bro. Kennedy, Just back from a trip to 
Havana, Cuba, was relieved by Bro. Par- 
sons, on third Ludlow, when he was taken 
to the hospitaL 

Sister Rusk, second Hector, was relieved 
by Mrs. Clark, a new extra operator. Some- 
one sign Mrs. Clark up. 
. Sister O. B. Alderson, resigned, was re- 
lieved by Mrs. E^ppons. 

Wish some of the delinquent brothers and 
listers would look back and remember the 
days when they received their eighty dol- 
lars per month, then compare it with the 
I>resent rate of wages and consider what 
was the cause of the Increase. The answer, 
organization of the O. R. T. 

Haven't received any notes from the Bast 
End of this division. Wish they would come 
to life and help out. 

W. B. WiLMOT, Cert. 554. 



Plains Division — 

Local Chairman Carl McGee has Just re- 
turned from an auto trip to Sweetwater. His 
return was delayed by sickness and bad 
weather and he is hardly able yet to come 
back to work. He makes the following 
financial report: 
Total amount collected . ; . . : .... $118.60 

Donation to Bro. Woodworth % 94.00 

Flower fund 24.60 

Friona, Texas; Quinlan, Moreland and 
Fargo, Oklahoma first, discontinued, the 
agents at those places working them in con- 
nection with their other duties. Bro. Perry 
Beyer is relieving on second Higgins; Bro. 
Wyckoff, third Fargo, and Bro. Miller, sec- 
ond Quinlan, vice Bro. Klser, resigned to 
enter other business. 

Brothers, send in your dues at once. Re- 
member, you will be delinquent after Feb. 
28th. 

Please do not forget next month's T^rite- 
up. I have not had a single contribution 
this month. D. B. McNambs, Cert. 29. 



fife Orande Diviaionr— 

Still some of the old nons hang out, even 
after the generous offer made for the last 
half of Deceihber. We now know that their 
reasons are not financial. The O. R. T. is 
the agency tliat has obtained for them a liv- 
ing wage. A casual glance at the hews- 
papers will show what is befalling the un- 
organized workers, either those who work 
with head or hands. If there ever was a 
ttane calling for us to bang together, to es- 
cape the proverbial hanging one at a time, 
that time is now. Read "Labor" and see for 
yourself the limit to which some of the auto- 
crats are willing to go in encroaching upon , 
the rights of the individual, and we can toU 
low their footprints even into the sanctity 
of the highest court of the commonwealth. 
Bro. B. L. Jonea Is now at Isleta, extra, 
his job at Santa Rita having been abolished 
owing to slack business on the High Line. 

It is now Bro. W. H. Gamble of Silver 
Cit7. and Sister Miss Lora Holt, second Barr. 
Bro. Bennet, Las Cruces, and Sister Hazel 
Bay, at Hurley, are convalescing. 

The new local chairman will probably be 
installed at the next writing. I kindly ask 
you to show him the same hearty co-opera- 
tion which has been extended me, and for 
which I give* those concerned my sincere 

Cmrt. 8886. 



Middle Divi^ioftr^ 

I have appointed Sister Arolvi Shearer of 
Florence, Kan., correspondent for this divi- 
sion. Send her all the news before the 10th 
of each month. 

I wish to thank the brothers and sisters 
who were so kind and generous to provide 
me with a 1921 annual card. It makes me 
feel as though you were all back of me. I 
also wish to thank all the members who 
helped to land the twenty-seven new ipem- 
bers during November and December, a rec- 
ord to be proud of. 

Chaunct Grebn, L. C. 



Middle Division Notes— 

A crowd of young folks went to Hampton, 
Jan. 1st, and charivaried Bro, Vic. Taylor 
and bride. We all wish them both success 
and happiness. Someone says, better watch 
activities of Cupid and be ready for news 
coming from Douglass, El Dorado and Flor- 
ence Yard. "Boys, be careful." 

Bro. D. J. Fisk has gone back from first to 
Winfield Junction third. 

Sister Laura Massey is back on second 
Cicero after a short illness, and Sister Elsie 
Mcintosh, of Bums, from Topeka Hospital, 
where she underwent an operation for ap- 
pendicitis. We hope she will soon be able 
to work again. 

We are glad to see Bro. J. L. Watson back 
on second Mulvane, after being out three 
months. 

Local Chairman Green was in Newton at- 
tending investigation of Bro. Clyde C. Mil- 
ler of Ramsey, Jan. 1st; also of Bro. Clar- 
ence C. Miller of Newton, Jan. 8rd., 

Remember that we must all have our 1921 
dues in before the 28 th of this month. Let 
us remit promptly and not make it necessarr 
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for the local chairman to write 500 letters 
and two trips over the division to get them. 
Also remember, if you are back on your 
M. B. D. assessments you cannot get your 
card. Always send remittance for the 
M. B. D. when you remit for your new card. 
*We have only a few non9 on this division. 
Liet'B get them in and make it 100 per cent. 
Brothers and sisters, let me have your 
note?, as requested by Bro. Qreen, so I can 
arrange and get them to St. Louis before the 
26th. Arolvi Shbarbr, Cert 1944. 



Miaaouri DhHaion — 

Local Chairman Reed made a series of 
trips over the division in December, which 
did a world of good. Beside securing sev- 
eral new members, he was, able to convince 
most of the "delinks" of the error of their 
ways. Division 61 went over the top again 
with a paid up membership of over three 
thousand. 

Bro. Russell, a new man, relieved while 
he wlis ill with smallpox. 

We were very sorry to learn of the nerv- 
ous breakdown of Bro. Raymond Evans, 
third Carrollton Junction. Bro. Lacy, who 
relieved him on bid, was succeeded at Dean 
Lake agency by Bro. L. J. Sloan, and he on 
second Elmer by Bro. W. H. Riley, Oibbs 
agency. Bro. H. Robinson, second Carroll- 
ton Junction, bid in second in "MQ." 

Membership fees are $7.60, semi-annual, or 
116.00 for the entire year. And remember, 
after Feb. 28th you are delinquent. So let 
us all pay up by that date. It takes post- 
age and valuable time of the secretary to 
write delinquents, time that could be de- 
voted to schedule and grievance matters. 

Cmbt. 1994. 



IlUnoia Division-^ 

With deep regret and sorrow we learned 
of the passing of our beloved Bro. O. R. 
Maddux, on December 27 th, due to sarcoma 
tumor, for which there is no known cure. 
Bro. Maddux has always placed his labor 
and aftectlon on the side of things that were 
good for the uplift of humanity, and his 
wife and family have the sympathy of our 
membership. His wife and son have asked 
me to convey to you their sincere gratitude 
and acknowledgment of your many expres- 
sions of kindness throughout the long illness 
of the husband az\d father. Also for our 
ssmnpathy extended in their time of sorrow. 

Remember, sisters and brothers, at one- 
trick offices you are allowed a full hour for 
lunch between the hours specified in Article 
VIII of our agreement When not relieved 
a full sixty minutes, overtime for one hour 
should be put in. 

Through the aid' of individual members 
we were able to turn in 16 applications for 
December. Another haul like that and there 
will be no more nons on the division. Re- 
member, no organization is any better. 



stronger or more wide awake, or of morv 
service to its membership, than its individual 
members are wide-awake, strong and con- 
scientiously "on the job," as every member 
is a part of the O. R. T., so let our slogran 
continue to be: "No card, no favorw/' and 
try to persuade a **non*' to become a good 
member at every opportunity you have. 

Sisters and brothers, don't forget to pay 
your dues to Bro. V. A. Oendron, 8977 Cot- 
tage Grove Ave., Chicago, before Feb. 28th, 
or you will become delinquent Also your 
M. B. D. assessments to Bro. E. J. Manl<m, 
St Louis, Mo. 

If you have not voted for local chairman 
and delegate, don't forget to do so, and see 
that your ballot reaches Bro. Qendron on 
or before Feb. 28th, in order to be counted. 

I have persuaded Bro. John Dyck, agent 
Ancona, to act as division correspondent, 
and ask that you co-operate with him and 
make our write-up a success. All items of 
news should reach him not later than ttie 
16th of the month in order to Insure its pub^ 
lication the next month. 

E. B. Sullivan, Cert 245. 



C, N. O. & T. P. Ry., DIv. 02. 

A very interesting Joint meeting was held 
in Labor Temple, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sun- 
day night, Jan. 16th, at which President 
Manion was the chief speaker. Bro. Wi T. 
Roush, Div. 78, opened the meetinST and 
called upon Bro. C. Z. Taylor, Div. 62, to 
introduce the speaker, which he did in a 
quite fitting manner. 

The president began his remarks by re- 
calling the economic conditions at the time 
he was elected, of happenings preceding and 
during the Western Union strike of 1917, and 
of the chance the commercial men missed by 
not responding to the call, while their brother 
railroad telegraphers had declared them- 
selves on a "vacation," so far as W. XT. busi- 
ness was concerned. This was, according to 
the Speaker, an ideal chance for the commer- 
cial men to walk out of bondage into better 
wages .and conditions, but the chance was 
wasted. 

He called attention to the fact that the 
telegraphers of the South owed a great deal 
' to the O. R. T., and referred to the d«^ of 
the old Southern strike, when operators were 
working 12 to 16 hours a day for wages 
ranging from $16.00 to $18.00 per month; 
of the later days when they saw the light, 
organized more strongly and began to better 
their condition step by step, until they had 
gotten up within hailing distance of the 
older organized sections of the country. 

One remark of the speaker paid fitting 
tribute to the efforts of thb organization In 
the South. It was to the effect that more 
real progress had been made by our organ- 
ization in this part of the country during the 
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smn (tf the organization, which, ' I «zpect, 
roaOy bad been forgotten by most of us, 
that of the "176.00 mlnimurii," which we all 
cnsMd, fussed^ wrote and read so much 
About, until it was gained and lost sight of. 
He said the only thing wrong with that slo- 
gan was that it did not shoot high enough. 

President Manion, toward the close of his 
remarks, touched upon the great possiblli- 
tles that are open to the laboring class 
through the forming of labor banks, and ad- 
vised all laboring men to read the so-called 
27orfolk plan thereon. 

It was with much regret, especially to 
tkoee of Div. €2, wh«i we learned from the 
president that "the pride of 62/' SUth Vice- 
President Anderson, would not be present, 
hsTing been called to New Orleans on busi- 
ness that prevented his attendance. 

Genera] Chairman Laughlln of 62, who 
■poke next, told of the excellent condition 
of the membership of that division and its 
splendid flnaacial standing, con^ared with 
previous years, and that notwithstanding we 
had quite a number of nons, yet we were 
over 100 per cent organized, having more 
than as many members as scheduled ppsi- 
tk>Bs. He complimented the other membtf« 
of his committee for their co-operation in 
bringing about this condition. 

General Chairman Arnold, Div. 67, fol- 
lowed with a spirited address, relating the 
unparalleled success that had been achieved 
on the N. C. & St. L. in organization work, 
and advised the boys not to l>ecome weary 
in wen doing, but hold together and pull to- 
tttber and they would be sure to win. 

The other general officers present were 
G. S. A T. Bledsoe, Div. 46, and G. S. & T. 
Sbadoan, Div. 62. 

The attendance totaled about 46, the divi- 
dons represented being 46, 67, 69, 62 and 78. 

An went away feeling better, and many 
remarked that good meetings of this kind 
should be called more frequently than in thb 
past CiRT. 6, Div. 62. 



You non9 take warning. You may want help 
from the O. R. T. some time. 

J. C. Maodbn, Cert. 82. 



C. y. O. 4 T. D. Diatriot-^ 

There has been no write-up from this dis- 
trict for the past two months, as no one 
sent me any news. I want your co-operation. 
I^fs see. if we can't have something worth 
readtaig. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Shadoan 
woently secured the applications of R. V. 
Grain and John Lynch. There are still others 
out of the fold. Let* 8 get biisy and get 
them in. 

Bro. toller is back in "G," Cincinnati. 
Bra E. K. Dunaway is also back doing ex- 
tra dispatching. We are all glad to know 
this and will help him out any way we can. 

We are glad to annoimce that Bro. James 
O'Connor, third Georgetown, has been ex- 
onerated of all blame concerning the wreck 
at Greendale, and is back at work again. 



N, O. d N. B, R, R. DivUiof^— 

President 3fanion and Sixth Vice-President 
Anderson attended the Birmingham meeting. 
Monday, Jan. 17th, when matters of impor- 
tance were discussed and explained We all 
hope to soon be honored with a visit by the 
other grand officers. 

Ihe many friends of Bro L. E. Shannon, 
Moselle, will learn with regret of the serious 
illness of a sister for several weeks at 
Toomsuba, Miss. We all hope for her speedy 
recovery. 

The home of Bro. Stewart, Shops, was 
badly damaged by fire on the morning of 
Jan. 17th. Although practically everything 
was saved from the flames, it was badly 
water soaked. Bro. Apperson also suffered 
a loss on account of having his household 
effects stored with Bro. Stewart. 

Bro. Saucier, Shops, and bride are honey- 
mooning in Chattanooga, Cincinnati and 
Akron. Congratulations. Bro. Saucier is 
being relieved by Bro. Sam Parker on third 
E^nterprise. 

Bro. Apperson, Shops, is still on sick lea\^ 
Bro. Donald, of "RD/' bid in third there. 

Bro. Johnson, dispatcher, is nursing k 
broken arm, relieved on first North B2nd by 
Bro. Bilbo, extra dispatcher. 

Bro. Oscar Read, second . Slldell, was ae- 
lieved a few days by Bro. Woods from 
Purvis. 

Bro. li. C. Moffett, third Laurel, relieved 
General Chairman Laughlln at Laurel, Miss., 
ticket office while off attending to business of 
our organisation. Ckbt. 291. 



Ala. Cfreat Southern R. R. Division — 

President Manion and Vice-President An- 
derson addressed an enthusiastic meeting at 
Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 17th. Local Chair- 
man Pearce was among those present. 

Bro. Paul Rogers and bride have returned 
from their honeymoon trip to Georgia and 
Florida points and resumed their duties in 
the superintendent's office. Cert. 1?4. 



A. & W. P. and W. of A. R. R.S, Div. 63. 

Our agreement states that when conduc- 
tors copy orders for their trains, except in 
a case of emergency, they should leave a 
copy thereof where the agent or operator 
can get it and sent in, or that he himself 
shall send the copy to the chief dispatcher. 
Boys, do your utmost to give perfect service. 
It will be a good sample of union labor, and 
also help out our dispatchers, than whom 
there are no better anywhere. 

Bro. Awbrey was relieved by Bro. Mann 
several days during the holidays. 

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Bros. Moore and Brewer are our two new 
members. 

Bro. Crow, third Montgomery Yard, at- 
tended the meetingr at La Qrangre and went 
c^ver the road. Come out to the meetings, 
boys, and get the latest news. 

Bro. Gates, first Montgomery Tard, fell 
recently and Injured his leg. 

Bro. Prultt was relieved a few days by 
Bro. Mann. 

Second Hogansville, Qa., closed, Bro. 
Hicks bumping Bra Awbrey, second La 
Orange, who displaced Bro. Hammond, third 
ttere, who succeeded Bro. Harris at Mill- 
stead. Bro. A- D. Duffee relieved Bro. Hicks 
on second La Grange while he was moving. 
Bro. Stough, agent Shorters, Ala., just re- 
turned from the West, where he has been 
with his wife, who is in bad health. We hope 
she will soon be well again. 

Bros. Kirkland, Couch, Boyd, Awbrey and 
myself from the A. A W. P. went to Atlanta, 
Jan. 19th, to see President Manion and hear 
him speak. There were about two hundred 
present from the Southern, S. A. L., N. C. & 
St. L., Ga. R. R., A. B. A A., C. of G. and 
W. of A. The boys were all impressed with 
the wondetf ul personality of our president, a 
staunch supporter for all the working class. 

We also had the pleasure of seeing and 
hearing Vice-President Dermody, known to 
us in the South as "the old war boss." He 
also made a good talk, and is supporting 
ou^ brothers on the A. B. & A. R. R. to the 
last ditch. General Chairman Gorman of 
the latter road also delivered a fine address. 
We wish our brothers on the A. B. A A. all 
the success a brother can wish for another. 
L. D. DuFFSB, Cert 67, West Point, Ga. 



Great Northern Ry., DIv. 70. 
Cascade Divi»ionr- 

Dear Sisters and Brothers : I want to 
thank you all for your co-operation during 
the past year. It has been a busy one, con- 
sidering the large amount of work accom- 
plished on account of back pay, increase hi 
wages, grievances handled and claims paid. 
I believe you will agree with me, considering 
the amount of work accomplished, that I 
have b^n working for your best interests, 
and I assure you that I will be as faithful 
to you In the future as I have been In the 
past When I took hold of the local chair- 
manship, about two years ago, I gave you 
that same assurance, and I have done my 
duty as well as possible, having had no ex- 
perience in this work. 

Credit is due to the relay operators in 
Everett, my assistant local chairmen, Bros. 
Johnson and Olsen, and almost the entire 
membership, for we have all worked in co- 
operation with each other. The former, a 
very fraternal bunch, assisted me in what- 
ever way I called upon them, and when in 
St Paul last November I expressed my 
gratitude to Local Chairman McFadden, of 



the Relay Division, for the kind imd able 
way those boys came to my assistance. 

Another thing worthy of note is the way the 
sisters and brothers responded with funds 
to take a worthy sister, second trick oper- 
ator at MarysviUe, to Phoenix, Aris. She 
had nine attacks of pneumonia the past few 
years. Including two this fall, obliging her 
to lay ott frequently. Her doctor advised 
a change to Arizona, for the winter at least, 
as the only hope to get her health back. 
Doctor bills had accrued and grocery bills 
piled up, and the sister had Just about made 
up her mind to work when she could In order 
to support her two children until the end 
came. Bro. Turner wrote me the details 
and suggested that a subscription list be 
started over the division, Just at the time I 
was called to St Paul to attend the division 
meeting, and I advised him to go ahead with 
it On Nov. 22nd he sent circular letters to 
the different stations, and within twenty-four 
hours a liberal' donation was received from 
each end of ithe line. By, Dec 22nd he had 
received $€69.40 in cash and 1185.00 in 
pledges, contributed by sisters, brothers, 
trainmen, sectionmen and friends all over 
the entire division. Section Foreman Louis 
Macchia, at Halford, collected 1124.00. Bro. 
Turner will accompany the sister to Phoenhc 
on his own time and expense. Thanks are 
due to him. Foreman Macchia, Bros. Boggs, 
Huston, Reed, Batchelder and Slmpkins, as 
well as to those who contributed so liberally. 
Such assistance to a fellow worker In dis- 
tress will help to build up an Order more 
than anything. 

This division Is in ex(iellent shape, with 
only a very few nons and delinquents left 

Whether I will be your local chairman an- 
other term or not depends on your vote. If 
I am elected I will continue along the same 
lines as in the past. If I am not elected I 
will support your new local chairman In the 
same measure that I have been supported, 
which is by no means small. 

W. L. Longfellow, L. C, Cert 1102. 



Havre Divieian — 

Our forces have been reduced to the low- 
est possible margin. The successful work 
accomplished by our organization, whereby 
we have been so solidly organised, should 
make us appreciate the benefits of belonging 
to a labor organization. 

On account of the depression In business 
the General Committee decided It would be 
unwise to attempt a revision of schedule at 
this time, and adjourned our meeting In St 
Paul without any attempt whatever along 
these lines. We hope conditions will im- 
prove to such an extent as to permit us tak- 
ing up this work the coming spring, or sum- 
mer. Meantime we will try and apply our 
old schedule, which, after all, is not so bad. 
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ness conditions return to normalcy, so we 
are not alone in postponement of this impor« 
Unt work. 

Correct your seniority lists of November 
J^th. Drop number 8S, C O. Doran; num- 
ber 107, R. D. Beer; number 110, O. L. 
Hannon. Add number 119, Edward J. Rel- 
land, 10-22-20 (left off last list througrh er- 
ror) ; number 128, Glen R. Bush, 12-7-20 ; 
number 124, Chas. W. Doty, 12-80-20. This 
will give you an up-to-date list to Jan. 1st, 
1921. Members do not seem to take , care 
of seniority lists and continually ask for 
copies. It takes a lot of time to mail out 
extra lists. Every member is furnished a 
copy of each issue, so I trust you will hang; 
on to them and help cut down expenses, as 
well as my work. Any member who failed 
to receive a copy at time of issue will be 
famished a copy on request. 

Flower fund statement: 

On hand last report $61.49 

Received from Bro. John Stein 8.00 

Total $64.49 

Expended for flowers for the wife of 
Bro. M. O. Lindslcy, Conrad Hospi- 
tal 8.45 

Balance on hand, First National Bank,. 

Shelby, Mont, Jan. 20, 1921 $61.04 

This fund is to be used for flowers for 
tkk members or immediate members of their 
families. It is Impossible for me to keep 
op with all cases of sickness, therefore mem- 
bers should notify me promptly so I can ar- 
range to have flowers sent whenever the oc- 
casion demands it. Members who did not 
contribute to this fund .may do so at any 
time as it Is used to bring a little Joy into 
tlie rooms of our sick brothers and sisters, 
and it is the duty of every member to con- 
tribute to its support. One dollar from each 
member will take care of us nicely. 

Evenrwhere I go I am asked, "Why cannot 
we have a write-up in Thb Tblboraphbr 
each month r* Send your notes to Bro. D. R. 
Rich, agent Carter; Bro. V. J. Josephson, 
agent Brady, and Bro. Geo. L. Allen, oper- 
ator Shelby, or to me, before the 16th and 
it will not be necessary for you to ask me 
this question again. 

W. Ray Walkbw, L. C, Cert. 242. 

Bavr0 DhjMon, Second cmd Third Diatricta— 
Bra Cope, agent Sunburst, was relieved 
recently l^ Michaelson, who later relieved 
Bro. Rich, agent Carter, temporarily. 

Sister Blaker bid in Big Sandy second, 
BQCoeeded on Carter third by Bro. McDer- 
niott, displaced later by Sister Ringwald, 
third Kremlin, abolished, later bumped by 
Sister Blaker, second Big Sandy, abolished. 
Bro. HcDermott went to Collins third, later 
bumped by Sister Ringwald, displaced at 
Carter, putting Bro. McDermott on extra 
board. 



Bro. Brennan bid in Oildford, and Bro. 
Wilcox, Sweetgrass agency. 

Send in your dues and M. B. D. assess^ 
ments and don't allow yourselves to become 
delinquent. If there are any nona at your 
stations line them up, if possible. If unable 
to do so advise your local chairman. 

Ckit. 1800. 

Dakota Division — 

Chief Dispatcher Bjrrum was called to 
Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 7th, owing to the 
serious illness of a sister. Bro. Forde, 
Grand Forlcs Relay, is making the dispatch- 
er's relief during Mr. Byrum's absence, re- 
lieved by Bro. Tenhes of Hunter. 

Reduction of one operator in Grand 
Forks Relay caused Bro. BJelde to displace 
Bro. Caples at Minot Relay, leaviniT *Te 
Scribe" to do the chores alone after 6 p. m. 
Doyon second discontinued, Bro. Enns to ex- 
tra list 

We were very sorry to learn that Con- 
ductor John Maher had suffered a paralytic 
stroke. He has gone to California. • * 

Bro. Forslund, Devils Lake Passenger ^ 
Depot, expects to take a trip South as soon 
as transportation is received. 

Lineman Zimmer is badk on the job after 
undergoing an operation. 

Bro. Keeley, formerly at St. Thomas, was 
a Grand Forks visitor recently. 

VWooDiB," Cert 848. 



Minot Division — 

Bro. Malone, second Church's Ferry, re- 
lieved by Bro. Vance, was called home on 
account of his mother's death. We all ex- 
tend our sympathy. 

Bro. Olson, third Church's Ferry, spent 
New Tear's at Granville with his folks. 

Bro. Schiltz, third York, en route to 
Devils Lake, called on the boys at Church's 
Ferry. 

Bro. Cousineau, agent Cando, was a re- 
cent caller. His Xmas cigars were surely 
appreciated. Many thanks. 

Bro. Bahan resumed Knox agency Jan. 
1st, relieved by Bro. Farr, at Aurelia. 

Bro. Torrier bid in Penn agency, and Bro. 
Septon went to third White Earth pending 
bulletin. 

Bro. Otty takes Willow City agency dur- 
ing Bro. Anderson's six months' leave. 

Bro. Samuels, first Leeds, is being relieved 
by Bro. Carter. 

Pay your current dues, help keep the divi- 
sion solid and eradicate the delinquent list 

About a year ago we started out with a 
determination to bring this division up to 
100 per cent solid. I wish to express my 
appreciation for your support in bringing the 
membership up to 97 per cent. With your con- 
tinued assistance we will reach 100 per cent 
and go over the top this year. With such a 
record we can give 100 per cent efficiency to 
our employer, and the road will benefit by it 
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support in order to render the best possible . 
service. 

E. F. Mxirat, Asst. Local Chairman, 



Minot Division Note§-^ 

Brynjolfson, helper at Bottineau, ap- 
pointed cashier at Berthold for six months. 

Bro. O. B. McLaufi^hlin Is the new agent 
at Nlobe, and Bro. J. H. Bdhn at Aurella. 

Bro. Brlckson, agent McGregor, relieved 
by Bro. Mlddlestadt, and Bro. Larson, agent 
Tagus, four days by Bro. Warner, on a trip 
to Hlnot. 

Bro. Holmes fs being relieved by Bro. 
C. H. Knudson Indefinitely, and Bro. H. L. 
EInudson is temporary agent at Thome. ' 

Bro. C. L. Tlcen is relieving Bro. ICalloy 
six months as agent BlalsdeU. 

Bro. Klem, first Williston, relieved ten 
days by Bro. Pore. 

Bros. Thum, at Stanley; Berce. at Ber- 
thold. and Anderson, at "DX," Mlnot. are in 
a splendid position to give the correspond- 
Sit some news each month. Have received 
no assistance from anyone on the West End 
except Bro. Warner, relief agent, occa- 
sionally. CasT. 20SS. 



FerguB Dinitiow^ 

I wish to thank each of you who con- 
tributed to the splendid present I received 
Christmas Day, and would be glad to do it 
personally, if it were possible. I realise that 
cold type does not express the feeling in- 
tended to convey, therefore I ask you to 
make due allowance, and receive my thanks 
just as you would from me in person. It 
surely makes one feel good to know that his 
services are appreciated, and I assure you 
that as long as I am your local chairman 
I will endeavor to give you the same class 
of service as In the past I am proud of 
my big family and I feel sure that we will 
not have to take a "back seat" for any of 
them. 

I am hoping that we will have no de- 
linquents on this division for the first half 
of 1921, so that we will get the right kind 
of a start. If you have not paid your dues 
and insurance assessments, do it novo! 
O. P. Knsdxl, L. C. 



Fergus Division Notes — 

Several stations have been closed and Jobs 
pulled ofT recently on this division, in ac- 
cordance with the policy of retrenchment of 
the Q. N. Ry., aCTecting our work in all the 
departments. 

Sister Stromdale, Avon, whose job was 
closed, is now on second Dalton. 

Bro. Alstead bid in second ''DX," and 
Mockenhaupt, Lawndale agency, a new po- 
sition. 

Bro. Coles from "V" was a recent M. R. 
visitor, also Sister Stodola. 



Bro. Abbott, "SY," is in California on hia 
honeymoon. J. H. Robbrtson, A. L. C. 

WiXlma/r DifiHsion^^ 

Bro. Morton has been nominated for re- 
election as local chairman. 

Bros. Craig, Brill and Lens bid In first, 
second and third Watertown; Bro. Boyle, 
second Campbell; Bro. Aanerud, third Aber- 
deen, and Bro. Dostal, the cashier job at 
Huron. 

Bro. Hollish is now the boss on the 'phone 
relay at •'W.*' 

Brothers, send m*e some news items each 
month. I can't get them all without some 
help. Albbrt M. Ellis, Cert 184. 



Northern Division — 

Through the efforts of Bros. Monagle, Har- 
lofT and Majeres, we now have, according to 
latest report $18.60 in our floral fund. There 
are still a few who have not yet contributed, 
especially on the Noyes line. Send all re- 
mittances to Bro. Majeres, the treasurer of 
the fund. 

Bros. W. B. Bakker, Thief River . FaJls, 
and R. A. Holmgren, Holt, attended court 
January 14th and 15th at Warren, and Bro. 
P. Bekken attended the grand jury at Crooks- 
ton, January 4th. 

Bro. R. A. Holmgren, Holt spent Sunday 
recently in Winnipeg, renewing old acquaint- 
ances, and Bro. W. C. Buckley, first Moyes, 
visited ten days with his parents at Crooks- 
ton over New Year's. Bro. Oscar Llnde, 
Greenbush, was off two weeks recently, and 
Bro. O. M. Lewis, Hendrum, was a Crooks- 
ton visitor shortly before the holidays. One 
operator was cut off at Lengby and Sister 
Halllnd went to Warroad. 

Don't forget to give Bro. Harlofl! your help 
to go to the Georgia convention. 

Sister Montgomery, operated on at 8t 
Vincent's Hospital, Crookston, on December 
27th, is convalescing at- the home of her 
sister, Mrs. W. P. Murphy. 

Let* s all pay our dues promptly. Don't 
let them fall behind. 

Thanks to Bro. Majeres for most of these 
notes. Some of you brothers jot down the 
items as you think of them and' send them 
along. H. C. H., Cert 1781, 

Warroad, Minn. 



Sioux City Diviskm^ 

With the close of the biennial p«iod we 
issue forth into another year with earnest 
desire to even have it give greater results 
than previously achieved. This we can only 
accomplish by each member being a member 
in every sense of the word. We must do 
better, which is a fitting resolution for the 
beginning of every year, and more so this 
year than ever. 

Bro. Pratt, who has been our local chair- 
man, gave us a very brief outline of the 
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jetra in last month's issue. It Is with re- 
gret that we lose him as a leader, for there 
ire few indeed who have the interests of 
tlie 0. R. T. more at heart than he has, 
and we hope for as worthy a snccessor. 

By each office filing their bulletins re- 
ceived, covering bids and assignments, it Is 
easy for the membership to keep in touch 
with all the brothers. Any new names 
appearing should be questioned immediately, 
and if a non, every member should extend 
him an invitation to join. The new seniority 
list and bulletins received give this re- 
sponsibility to all the members and not to 
just a few. There are still two chronic nana. 
These columns are restricted from the prlnt- 
faig of ''assignments" and "vacatioas" on ac- 
count of the limited sise of our official or- 
gan. The overlooking of this rule makes -it 
pOBflible to occasionally mention them, pro- 
vided that other correspondents are sparing 
with their ink ; therefore it is well to bear 
the various bulletins m mind. 
When Shan we have our next meeftng? 
An audit of the floral fund by the local 
chahrman discloses eight contributions of 
iifty cents and two of a dollar each upon 
the new appeal, and a balance of $4.25 for 
February 1st. There are still seventy-eight 
from whom we hope we may secure dona- 
ttona. R. A. Phillips. 



Work^B for yeart have "been demcmding 
tMr own press. Now they have it — LABOR, 
published at Washington, D. C.« is their 
paper. Subscribe ffir it and read it re- 
UgUmsly. 

Minneapolis & St. Louis R. R., DIv. 71. 
Central d Western Division— 

Heads of the different departments have 
assured ub that the year Just closed was 
very satisfactory all around. Supt Reinhold 
recently told me that he would gladly meet 
us more than half way, so let us all put our 
shoulders to the wheel and put the Central 
and Western Division where it belongs. We 
can do it by watching the O. S. A D.'s and 
trying to save five cents or more a day, as 
Supt Reinholdt stated In a recent bulletin. 

A revised schedule, requesting equalisation 
in hourly rates and some changes in rules, 
has been requested, and a date with our 
committee for a meeting. Will advise you 
later as to the outcome. 

Any member in continuous service ten 
years or more, who has not yet received an 
annual pass for himself and dependent 
members of his family, also those in the 
service five years or more, not having re- 
ceived one for themselves, should notify the 
general chairman. 

I>on*t fall to remit your dues, as the Na- 
tional Wage Board is likely to be abol- 
ished, and we can Imagine what that will 
mean if we do not keep up to date. 

We were all grieved to hear of the death 

on January 5th of th^ wife of Bro. B. A. 



Paschke, agent Luverne. She was burled 
at Humboldt, Iowa, January 8 th. A floral 
wreath was sent. The brothers extend their 
heartfelt sympathy to the brother. 

Oiir general chairman has had first Chaska 
rebased in line with Article XXX of our 
schedule, raising it seven and a half cents 
an hour, retroactive from September 6, 1919, 
and placing it on a par with first Waseco. 

Bro. Belshe, third Humboldt, Iowa, vis- 
ited relatives in Missouri recently. Humboldt 
and Albert Lea and Montgomery, Minn., are 
now solid. Bro. Pankhurst, first at the lat- 
ter point, was relieved several days by Bro. 
C. W. Krai, on account of sickness. Local 
Chairman Madden, also on the sick list a few 
days, was relieved by his brother, Bro. Mad- 
den. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Sand- 
mler and Bro. C. S. Kruckek have been nomi- 
nated as delegates to the Savannah con- 
vention from the First District, and Local 
Chairman Madden will probably have oppo- 
sition as a delegate from his district 

Bro. Sandmier requests thait the brothers 
drop him a postal when changing their ad- 
dresses, to save our division and the Grand 
extra expense in running them down. 

Bro. Sandmier again took his share of the 
winnings at the Des Moines poultry show 
with his famous "Reds." 

Cedar Lake "DI" third abolished, Bro. 
Wagstaff going to Watertown, nights. The 
arrangement requiring clerks to handle train 
orders by 'phone has also been abolished, 
by request , 

The house of Bro. John Henry Miller, 
cashier Farmers State Ban£ at Paton, Iowa, 
suffered |600 damage by fire recently. 

Bro. John L. Berger, Division 70, visited 
his brother, Bro. L. A. Berger, agent at 
Klossner, Minn., recently. The latter was 
relieved by Bro. G. L. Parker, Division 89, 
three werks, while getting married. 

Bro. Carlson, La Salle, was relieved by 
his brother; Sister Martin, at Arlington, by 
Bro. J. V. Davitt, and Bro. Johnson, at 
Berkley, by E. Q. Flatley, a few days re- 
cently. * 

It is now Bro. Wogatzke at Tolstoy; Bro. 
Nielson bid in Dawson, nights; Bro. McDer- 
mott Watervllle third, succeeded on New 
Richland third by Bro. Hodges, and Bro. 
Larson, agent Hartland, bid in Waseca third. 
Later Bro. Nielson went to the R. I., re- 
lieved by Bro. Olson. 

Bro. Ryan and wife of Hoven, and Bro. 
Schwerkert of Gaylord are visiting relatives 
in California, latter relieved by Bro. Fred 
Scheuble, and Bro. Manchester Is on 90 days* 
leave. 

Bro. West, third Waseca, has resigned and 
gone into the life insurance business. We 
all wish him success. 

Bro. T. W. Scanlon is now agent for the 
Milwaukee at Hague, N. D. 

Bros. Boyle, agent Paton ^^trosb«l, a«eD^ 

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Gowrle, and EBhoime, second there, all spent 
Xmas with their folks at Ruthven; Bros. 
Anderson, Forest City, and Jeffords, liake 
Mills, spent theirs with relatives at Stilson, 
and Bro. Frleberg at Brltt Nothing like get- 
ting your feet under the old home table. 

The cement plant at QUmore City will In- 
crease Its output this year from 1,600 to 
6,000 barrels a day, averaging a full train 
daily. . 

I desire to thank the brothers who sent 
me the news this month. Be sure to let 
me have it not later than the 15th here- 
after. 

Keep after the few nons and give them 
no rest until they Join. Cbrt. 461. 



Eastern Division — 

Bro. W. Ii. Mahoney, Steamboat Rock, has 
gone to California for 90 days, relieved by 
Bro. S. F. Morse. Bro. Mayden,. Latimer, 
also on 90 days' leave, Is being relievejd by 
E. S. Packard. 

Bro. McCulVough bid In Killdufl agency; 
Bro. R. C. Bullemar, second Cramers, and 
Bro. N. A. Balwin, second Liscomb. 

Bro. W. P. Keef e Is on second • Abbott, 
extra, and E. E. Leonard on third at Oilman. 

Bro. Eddy Bray, who relieved Bro. Hansen 
of Wayland while In Oskaloosa on business, 
later relieved Bro. Paltzer, demons Grove, 
owing to the serious Illness of his mother. 

Ealenor station closed, Bro. J. C. Jones 
going to Marsh agency. 

Brothers, don't forget your dues and M. B. 
D. assessments, and save Bro. "Sandy" look- 
ing them up. He will appreciate It 

W. C. McLiN, L. C., Richland, la. 



For 11.50 you oan get the bedrock truth 
of the labor struggle, LABOR, published by 
workers for workers, prints news that other 
papers will not or dare not publish. You 
should read it regularly, 

Chicago & Northwestern Ry., DIv. 76. 
Eastern Division — 

We were all shocked to hear of the sudden 
death of Bro. Wakefield's wife of tbnsilitis 
at Humphrey, where the funeral services 
were held. Her tonsils were already swol- 
len to such an extent before the doctors ar- 
rived that an operation failed to give relief. 

The boys alGng the line were notified and 
18.75 quickly subscribed for a flower fund, 
the floral emblem being sent direct from 
Norfolk to Bro. Wakefield, which cost $7.00, 
and express 42 cents, leaving a balance on 
hand of 11.28. If you would like to keep a 
fund on hand at all times to take care of 
such occasions, send me your bit. I will keep 
it for that purpose. 

Bro. Cornwall's wife, from Stockton, oper- 
ated on in hospital for appendicitis, is con- 
valescing. 

Bro. Frelnd of Nora, who had an operation 
performed at Rochester some time ago, Is 



on six months' leave to recuperate In Cali- 
fornia. 

Help is being cut at every possible point. 
We must all keep up to date and furnish our 
officials the finances necessary to represent 
us. 

The hours at O'Neill have been revised 
and the agent there now works a wire» which 
has not been required of him for many 
years. 

Bro. Cody and bride, after spending their 
two weeks' honeymoon in Omaha and Colo- 
rado points, are now home in Wlsner. We 
all wish them a long and happy life. Bro 
Kent bid in second there, vice Bro. Soheinost, 
to Herrick agency. Bro. Schlalkjer enjoyed 
the holidays with home folks at Winner. 
Bro. White bid in second there, worked three 
nights and returned to second O'NeilL While 
attending court at Sioux City he was re- 
lieved by Bro. Smith of Pilger, and by Bro. 
Frank McCants while visiting friends at 
Petersburg. 

Bro. Gartner, formerly at Newport and 
Meadow Orove, Is now with the C, B. & Q. 
at Nebraska City. 

Bro. Wadsworth has joined the Signal 
CorpB of the Navy, and expects shortly to 
leave for France, for duty in Germany. 

Bro. Bell, second East E^nd, relieved by 
Bro. Gregor 30 days, visited in Arkansas and 
Oklahoma, where his parents are loo&ted. 

Bro. Planck, agent Atkinson, relieved by 
Bro. Lawler 80 days, on a trip to Denver, 
Colo, with his wife. 

Local Chairman Thomas, agent Fairfax, 
S. D., and Mrs. Thomas spent three weeks 
in California recently. 

Bro. Radaker, first O'Neill, and wife spent 
the holidays at Wayne, Neb., and Bro. 
Saurers, agent O'Neill, and wife spent Xmas 
at Fremont, Neb., with relatives. 

Bro. Richter, Surprise, visited his daughter 
in Lincoln during the holidays, and Bro. 
Brown, Clearwater, went to his home at Lln- 
wood, Xmas, for a rabbit hunt. 

Ctot. 2746. 



Black HilU Division^ 

Bro. R. L. Lockhart, who relieved at Hud- 
son three weeks, later bid in Lander agency, 
vice E. S. Troxel, transferred to second there 
at his own request, owing to insufficient help 
to handle the agency. Bro. Troxel and fam- 
ily spent Chrlsmas holidays with friends at 
Riverton. Bro. S. A. Ballinger, who went 
to first Lander, accompanied his family as 
far as Caspar, Sunday recently, who went 
on a visit to Rapid City. Owing to the 
changes noted at Lander, Bro. and Sister 
Douglas, who had been working extra there, 
were transferred to Orln Jet. 

The ice is already 15 inches thick, and 
they have had about 8 Inches of snow there. 

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MHmetota DivMpn — 

Bro. X J. Pressnall recently visited his old 
home at Eagle Lake. 

Bro. J. H. Furey visited a few days re- 
cently with his daughter, West; also with 
his son at Utica. 

Bro. Wagner, agent Lewiston, was relieved 
several days by Bro. Wursch. ' 

D. R. Carroll, formerly trick dispatcher on 
this division at Winona, has heen appointed 
chief train dispatcher on the M. A St. L. Ry., 
with office at Minneapolis. 

Bro. Lleske, fourth telegrapher Winona, 
recently pulled off, relieved Bro. Swanback 
at Tracy several days. Third telegrapher St. 
Charles was also recently taken off. 

Sister Curley, third Watertown, was re- 
lieved a few days last month by Bro. Nelson. 
Bro. BuckholtB. third Kasson, was also off 
several days last month. 

Bro. Enteman, agent Claremont, was re- 
lieved for a short layoff by Bro. Banks of 
second. later by Bra Ladd, St. Charles third, 
dosed. 

Bro. Walrath, agent Janesville, was re- 
lieved a few days by Bro. C. C. Hutchlns, 
while getting acquainted with his new daugh- 
ter, and Bro. Llngen, third there, relieved 
several days by Bro. Sorenson. 

Sister Landers, second Lewiston, relieved 
by Bro. Vose a few days, account of Injury 
to her knee. 

Bro. O'Connor, agent Elgin, has been de- 
prived of his helper. 

Bro. Johnson, first Plainvlew, visited rela- 
tives at Judson a few days, Bro. Wentworth, 
the agent, doin^r the wire work. 

Bro. C. L Cady. Eyota first, relieved by 
Thorarson several dajrs. 

I am greatly Indebted to those who helped 
out with items this month, and wish more 
ixmld get the habit 

The time is fast approaching when or- 
ganised labor will be called upon to pass 
through the hardest test of its existence, and 
only by thorough organization and co-opera- 
tion can we hope to meet with success, so 
take a tip and keep up to date, especially 
during the year 1921. 

Local chairmen, delegates, etc., for the 
coming period will probably be elected by 
the time you read this. In that respect the 
Minnesota Division is vtfry fortimate In hav- 
ing Bro. Thomas serve us in these two 
capacities. The fact that Bro. Thomas has 
been general chairman for six years shows 
that be has the entire support of the system, 
as wen as the Minnesota Division. 

D. J. M. 



his brother-in-law. The brothers have our 
heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement Bro. 
Walter Dunlap relieved Bro. BUck on second 
Port Washington while he was at Brillion. 

Cert. 1862. 



Lake Share DMaion — 

Local Chairman Tiedka, off on account of 
his mother's death, was relieved a few days 
by Bro. Hartsworm, who had been relieving 
Bro. Roes at Karibel. 

Bro. A. R. Blick relieved Bro. Wall, agent 
it BrilUon, while be attended the funeral of 



Madiaon DiviMion^ 

While attending the funeral of his brother- 
in-law at Watertown, Wis., Bro. Fred J. 
Wagner, agent Klevenvllle, was relieved by 
L. D. King. 

Sister Henrietta Qort, Hazel Green Jet, 
on a two-weeks' visit home during the holi- 
days at Eauolaire, was relieved by C. J. 
Sime, later relieving operator at lit Horeb 
a few days. Bro. A. A. Babcock, agent there, 
was off several dftys on account of illness. 

Sister Louise R. VoiU, New Butler fourth, 
recently spent Sunday with friends at Adams. 

Bro. J. P. Gerathy, on a trip to his former 
home in Michigan, relieved on Clyman Jet. 
third by Machugh. 

Bro. W. C. Hints promoted to regular train 
dispatcher, and Adams side wire position 
abolished. We are pleased to see our former 
chief train dispatcher promoted to train- 
master. 

Bro. H. C. Atkinson, E^ransville Tower, 
was off a week with the grippe. 

Bro. A. J. Thomas, who bid in Ipswich 
agency, relieved by Bro. W. J. Doering on 
Jefferson Jet third. Cbbt. JIT* 



Oalena Division — 

Bro. Sandell, extra, bid in second "RA" on 
the Elevated; Bro. J. Helpin has gone to 
second Freeport and it is now Bro. Mago- 
rien on the extra list 

Sister Lillian Marx relieved Glllum, East 
Elgin, during the holidays, while he visited 
at Quincy and Brookfleld. 

Bro. M. E. Shaffer, formerly of this divi- 
sion, now agent at Shawnee, Neb., Eastern 
Division, writes that he was married Xmas 
day, and now sports an annuaL 

Bro. Gibbs was relieved several nlghtm by 
Miss Jennie Agnew. 

Bro. J. G. Nagle, Nelson Yard, renewing 
old acquaintances in Peoria and Chicago, re- 
lieved a week by Bro. Karper, who later re- 
lieved Bro. Greenlee, first BlufDi, on a week's 
visit at his home in Indiana. Bro. Ruckman, 
second there, has discarded the pump speeder 
since he has a "Lizzy" to carry him to work. 

Bro. W. Pendell, from the Great Western, 
is now on third Nelson Yard regular. 

Bro. I. B. Allen is back at "FX" Tower, 
Fulton, after being off eight months with a 
broken hip. 

Bro. Marshall, third Bluffs, was off a few 
days.jind brought back a bride. Bros. Robin- 
son and Shear are building new homes there. 

The operator at "AD" Tower Is now being 
paid 14.60 per month to care for the five 
gate lamps there, according^ to our schedule. 
Bro. Boose invites us all to come out and 
skate on the river there— says it's fine. 

Some robbers recently left Bro. Agnew, 
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agent at Fulton, a Ford car, and the same 
day he won a pearl rin^. Lend me your 
rabbit foot, James. 

This spriner, when plantiner our gardens, 
let us all also plant some O. R. T. seeds 
around the railroad and gather in some of 
our nons. 

liiany thanks to the boys who contributed 
news for this issue. Kindly continue to do 
so each month. Cert. 2077. 



The kept preaa ia the nation's- greateat 
menace. It ia undermining the foundations 
of cur free ffovemment. We toorkera must 
reaiat ita propaganda^ We do that 7>eat by 
reading LABOR^ our oton* paper, tohich ia 
. telling the truth concerning the plana of our 
enemiea. 

Pittsburgh & Shawmut R. B„ DIv. 87. 

Sisters Sophia Carroll and Violet Woodall, 
and Miss Griffith, scale agents. Ramsay town, 
Conifer and Cadogan, are only working part 
time on account of the mines not working In 
fuU. 

Rayard Scale second discontinued, throw- 
ing Bro. Lowers out ojf work. 

If. is now Bro. R. J. Bauer, third, at Erie 
Jet, making that point aolid. One clerk and 
a call boy laid off there, making more work 
for the others. 

fero. M. IC Shick resumed at Brookvllle; 
Bro. C. O. Gearhart back as chief clerk's 
operator, .vice Bro. N. B. McCracken, now 
idle. Bro. I. D. Craig, relief agent, is helping 
out there. 

Bro. A. V» Howard and family enjoyed a 
trip to Niagara Falls and other points of in- 
terest in New York State, while visiting his 
brother up state. 

Bro. Jas. Serene, Jr., now has a clerical 
position in the auditor's office. 

General Secretary and Treasurer McCul- 
lough's reports for the year ending Decem- 
ber. 81st, shows a good record for a new 
division. We hop^ to keep it up during the 
coming year; 100 per cent for Division 87 
should be our motto. Several members have 
annuals and a number of others are up-to- 
date for the first half. EJvery one Is paying 
up in good shape. Pay your M. B. D. as- 
sessments before February 28th, as the time 
limit expires on that date. It's a protection 
for your family, much lower than any other 
kind. 

Bro. C. J. Moore, operator In the general 
office, has time to look up occasionally from 
his desk since business has dropped off, due 
to the slump in coaL 

The Shawmut Club, comprised of Shaw- 
mut employes, a social and dance in Itltan- 
ning recently, attended by several of our 
Brothers and Sisters and all had a nice 
time. 

One member in the dispatcher's office and 
one in the train service were transferred to 
this division when it was organized. 



Some improvements wera made at Fur- 
nace Scale office which were very much ap- 
preciated by Sister Bess Templeton. 

Brothers and Sisters, up the road, kindly 
drop us a few notes each month and help 
in our write-up. Sjend them by the ISth, 
so I can have them arranged ready to mall 
and reach St Louis by the 20th to appear 
in the Journal for the following month. 

Conductor J. T. Flaherty, while visitingr in 
Bradford, slipped on the Ice and sprained his 
shoulder, was unable to work for over three 
weeks. He is now back on work train. 

Nomination blanks for election of General 
Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer 
for the year were mailed to all the members 
and should be returned promptly, showing 
the brother nominated for each office, and 
signed by three members; also the same for 
delegate and alternate to the Savafnnah, Gku, 
convention in May. 

One of our brothers recently enjoyed a 
dance at Cadogan, as well as the six-mile 
return trip home on foot. Cbbt. S2. 



Texas & Pacific Ry.» DIv. 88. 

Eaatem Diviaion — 

Don't condemn the labor movement be- 
cause you know of "objectionai features." 
Bvery man and every human institution has 
some imperfections. 

Don't wait for others; others are waiting 
for you. Some must be among the first 
Why not yout 

Don't shirk the moral obligation to do all 
you can to uphold the dignity of oui^ trade, 
to elevate the standard of our living. 

Don't be blind to your own interests^ 
Unionism helps all workingmen, all society, 
the home and state. 

Don't let so-called independence prevent 
you from being unselfish. We are all de- 
pendent on someone or something. "No man 
stands alone." Let's get closer together. 

General Chairman Abney spent several 
days in Weatherford in conference with Sec- 
retary and Treasurer Canafax. 

"AF," Marshall, lost another man Xmas. 
This leaves six operators in that office. 

One set of dispatchers moved to Ft. Worth. 
Jan. 1st. Bro. Clarence Tucker was one of 
the boys to go to "D." 

Bro. C. Griffin recently dropped in on us 
unexpectedly at Derry, La., for a day's visit, 
also Bro. G. M. Johnston from "J," Shreve- 
port, both looking for a sine. We wish them 
success. The latter brother was headed for 
Dallas. 

Assistant Local Chairman Ray made a 
hurried trip to Arkansas, January the Ist, 
his mother being very sick. 

Bro. E. H. Holder, Cypress third, visited 
friends and relatives at Oxford a few dasrs 
recently. 

Bro. D. J. Melancon, cut off Junction first, 
spent several days at his home In Cypress 
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Bro. R. N. Page relieved Sister Iffadden a 
few days on account of sickness. 

W. L. Phillips, at Phowtan, has promised. 
Tou boys on the branch keep after him un- 
ta he shows you a card. 

Congratulations to Bro. Claude Hale, agent 
Hoeston, and bride, married in December; 
also Stealey, second Springdale. 

Let's do all in our power to make our divi- 
sion 100 per cent strong this year. Don't . 
let the **nons" rest. If you know one who 
does not have a card) drop me a line and 
we will get after him so strong he will soon 
get lined up. 

Bro. E. L. Pugh, Derry third, was off 
a few days recently to finish up in Masonry 
at his home in Eldgewood, Texas. 

Sister Maddux, Derry second, who at- 
tended a lumbermen's reception in Italian 
Hall, Bentley Hotel, Alexandria, Deo. 18th» 
reports a lovely evening. Cbrt. 885. 

Denton DhHaion, Joint Trach-^ 

Bros Pox, Tioga third, relieved a few days 
by Bro, Breeder, Division 61, on this divi- 
sion several years ago, having Just returned 
from the Southern Pacific in California and 
Nevada. 

Bro. Jennings, Aubrey second, relieved a 
week by Bro. Breeder, who also relieved 
Bra W. H. Walthall, Tioga second, one day, 
exchanging with Bob Woodford, who recent- 
ly opened third Pilot Point. Mr. Fitzpatrick, 
from Canada, is on second, and N. R. Nichols 
on third Collinsville, latter recently opened. 

Bro. E. T. Read, who opened the Job in 
the new dispatcher's office at Denton, Jan. 
lat, when the T. C. Division was taken over 
by this division, was later relieved by Bro. 
John Robbins, St. L. & S. W. Crossing first. 

Sister Eaker, Roanoke second, relieved 
thirty days by Bro. Elkins, later by Earl 
Bradford, from the Santa Fe, who also re- 
lieved Sister Bock, Watauga second,' a few 
days. 

Bro. Ralph, Belt Junction second, going 
home from work one night recently was 
struck by an auto while boarding a street 
car In North Fort Worth, and Is still In a 
hospital. We all hope for his speedy re- 
covery. 

It is now Bro. A. Y. Games again. Puck- 
ett, Tioga, and Nichols, Collinsville, promise 
to line up shortly. 

Bro. Ralph Caldwell is on Mingo second 
pending assignment. 

Due to the consolidation of the Joint 
Track and the T. C. divisions, under new 
name of '*Denton Division/' 1 have asked 
General Chairman Abney to appoint someone 
on the T. C. to assist me with the write-up 
each month, and hope the boys on the T. C. 
win let us have the news as fast as it hap- 
psni. Every little bit helps. We must put 
this dtrlslon on the front. Cbrt. 609. 



Rio Orande Division — 

Bro. T. F. Lasater, Merkel, Texas, has 
been appointed by General Chairman Abney 
to fill the vacancy of Bro. W. M. Jones as 
local chairman, Rio Grande Division. Bro. 
Lasater is an old-timer in the O. R. T. field, 
capable of handling the position, with the 
hearty co-operation of the membership. 

Bro. Wasson, third "AC," El Paso Yard, 
relieved by Bro. Rudy, off a few weeks last 
month on account of sickness. 

Bro. W. V. Huskie, Division 86, spending 
a few weeks West for his health, relieved 
the writer a few days. 

Bro. Carl Crews bid in Odessa, and Bro. 
C. R, MaxweU, Kent third. 

If some of you brothers on the Bib Spring 
sut>dlvision and the Toyab will kindly send 
me some notes, I will furnish the stationery, 
with your official title printed in large box 
car letters at the top. Let me hear from 
anyone, any time, about this. 

J. B. Jarrsli., Cert 797. 



Chicago Great Western R. R., DIv. 96. 

Eastern Division — 

Bro. Manson, Division 76, is on East Stock- 
ton Side Table; Bro. A. V. Hartley, wire 
chief there, visited Chicago recently with his 
family. 

Bro. Benningfield, third St. Charles, was 
held up one night recently at the office. The 
culprit has been caught and put under lock 
and key. 

Wires have been installed restoring the 
"Morse" circuit at Pearl City, a great help 
for Bros. McLaughlin and Bowman to move 
their business. 

Bro. T. E. Shorr, second "Z," Chicago, 
spent three days at his home in Lafayette, 
Ind., recently. 

Mrs. Clay, wife of Bro. E. R. Clay, and 
daughter Margaret, Lily Lake, have returned 
from several weeks* visit in Florida. 

The collection taken for the flower fund 
of this division, amounting to 181.00, Is in 
charge of Bro. G. L. Meister, agent Elmhurst, 
for distribution as needed. 

New members: F. L. Erno^ Chicago 
Transfer third, and M. T. Rathbun, Holcom 
third, both ex-members, out of service for 
several years. 

We closed 1920 with 440 members in good 
standing in Division 96 ; transferred to other 
system divisions during the year, 28; ad- 
mitted by card from other divisions, 21 ; new 
members, 61 for the year. 

We still have a few ,men on the system 
who do not seem to realize the benefits they 
have received through the efforts of our 
members, who have paid their way. We 
should keep after them until they line up or 
leave. 

Send your items of Interest for the Journal 
to me before the 15 th of each month. This 
will help me to have a good monthly write-up. 
G. A. Ott, Cert. 57. 



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Western DiviaUm — 

Bro. O. A. Potter, former auditor, worked 
at Lanesboro wreck a few nights, and also 
relieved Bro. G. A. Barnes, night side table, 
at Clarion, and Bro. G. H. Gruls. Ft Dodge 
ticket office, a few days each, while they 
visited relatives. 

Bro. J. H. Luckslnger is back at Somers 
agency after an extended leave, reiieved by 
Bro. F. B. Vanderhauf, second there. 

Bro. T. L. Walsh, third Oelweln, has been 
appointed third trick dispatcher at Clarion. 

Remember, after the end of this month 
if your dues are not paid up you become de- 
linquent. Liet's all pay up at once and keep 
a solid line at all times. 

See that the company gets all the work 
it is paying for. If any article of the sched- 
ule is violated, call the local chairman's at- 
tention to it, so in case he is not aware of 
it he may get the facta and take it up for 
correction. Remember that each person hav- 
ing a grievance must first take it up with 
the superintendent, and if you don't get sat- 
isfaction from him, then turn it over to your 
local chairman, with all the papers in the 
case. If he cannot get results he will take 
it up with the general chairman. In all 
cases keep a correct file of the case by pre- 
serving copies of all correspondence pertain- 
ing thereto. 

Kindly mail me all the notes of interest 
you can before the 16th so I may be able to 
have a write-up in each JoumaL 

G. R. HoiBiNOTON, Cert. 169, Asst. L. C, 
2015 Second Ave., S., Ft Dodge, la. 



Southern DIviaUm — 

Thanks to Bro. Stephens of Peru for the 
following notes. He has Just returned from 
a visit to Louisville, Ky., Washington and 
New York City, relieved by Miss Velma Mills, 
from the W. U., Chicago, and relieved Bro. 
Tilp, the agent there, for ten days. 

Bro. Lewis is back at Reinbeck after a 
two months' visit to his home in Kentucky. 

Bro. Garwood, while visiting six days in 
Minnesota, was relieved by C. L. Clark. 

Get after the nons, brothers. Don't give 
them any rest **No card, no favors." 

Cbst. 199. 



Los Angeles A Salt Lake Ry^ DIv. 111. 
Salt Lake DiviaUm — 

It has been many moons since anything 
appeared from this division, so I decided it 
was time we should be represented once 
more. 

While we were not as successful as hoped 
for in our recent conference with the man- 
agement owing to instructions issued by 
Vice-President Calvin, after the meeting had 
been arranged, we succeeded in getting some 
very important concessions outside of the 
regular schedule and found the management 



very open-minded to our needs, and I feel 
confident that we will be treated fairly in 
all things when we resume negotiations, 
should the Labor Board decide that way. 
which decision, I presume, will be given be- 
fore this appears in print 

Some of the few nons on this division, it 
seems, will require the use of a ''single jack" 
to remove some of the 1864 ideas from their 
heads, but I am trying hard to get them to 
'understand that we are living in the year 
1921. It doesn't seem that anyone should 
need any further argument to^Joln ttian the 
news in every daily paper you pick up of 
the determined effort being made all over the 
country to disrupt the labor organizations. 

We have several members from other 
roads in good standing, who seem to wish to 
keep it a secret possibly because they do not 
want to be transferred to this division. 

The Statutes, page 66, section 29, of the 
Constitution (as anjended and adopted at 
the last biennial convention held in St Louis 
In May, 1919), eapecially the last paragraph, 
states very specifically how this shajl be 
done, provided the member fails to apply tor 
a transfer within sixty days of the date he 
is employed on a road other than that in 
which he holds membership, when the Cfrand 
Secretary and Treaaurer of the Order Is ad- 
vised of such failure on the part of said 
member. 

Bro. Frank Wright from Division 168; who 
bid in third Crestline, has announced his de- 
sire to transfer to our Division 111. Bro. 
T. A. Smith, relieving there, who hails from 
the same division, has remitted Ma duea, 
with request to be transferred, which is the 
proper course to pursue in- such matters. 
Bro. R. B. Snyder, who transferred from 
Division 82, is relieving Bro. Robinson at 
Beryle. 

Ehrery member should constitute himself 
or herself a committee of one and try and 
make this division 100 per cent Bro. J. W. 
Jones, temporary on Nephl first, can do some 
missionary work there. 

Bro. J. A. Wilson, from the U. P., reliev- 
ing on second Lund, relieved me while I was 
at Los Angeles. It was a pleasure to come 
back and find the way he had kept up the 
work. He is a real member, having a bunch 
of old cards as large as a poker deck. 

Bro. T. H. Cline couldn't keep busy after 
the Western Union was cut out of MUford, 
so he bid in Modena agency. 

Bro. Jack Chapman bid in BUudc Rock 
agency Just to keep it in the family. We 
are going to get him some decent living quar- 
ters there soon. 

Bro. Barnes bid In third Delta, which 
makes Delta solid, Bro. Martin having lately 
joined. 

T. O. Keyes, who bid In second Lynndyl, 
the only non there, says he will soon Join. 
Don't let him forget it 

Bro. Jesse Wh3^e bid In second Stockton, 

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t oev position, and Bro. Tidwell won't have 
to kuild the fires these cold mornings. 

6. A. SuLLrvAN, Local Chairman. 



800 Line Ry^ DIv. 119. 

Wimiipeff Division — 
Our committee presented our request for 

revision of wage scale to the management 

Jan. lltli« which was declined, and the mat- 
ter was turned over to the organization. 
Locai Chairman Herricli of Warren was 

off a few days on committee worlc. 

Bro. Ernest, Egeland. and Bro. Abbott, 
Toliey, on a trip to the Coast, former relieved 
by Bro. Peterson, latter by Bro. Stewart. 

Towerman Bro. L. G. Moore, Detroit, 
Uinn., resigned. He has our best wishes for 
his future. 

Bro. and Sister Salisbury, Parkers Prairie, 
relieved by Bro. H, B. Pfeiffer. 

Towerman Bro. Wm. Vague of Ersklne 
off past month on account of his entire fam- 
ily having the smallpox. 

We have only one "non" on this division 
and one on the Missouri River Division, and 
hope to soon have them with us. 

Cashier, Fordville, abolished, and Bro. 
F. J. Gorman Is now working as warehouse- 
man at Parkers Prairie. We hope business 
will soon pick up and he will be on his old 
Job again. 

The wife of Bro. C. A. Aittama of Ogema, 
Minn., died Jan. 7th, and was laid to rest 
at Rockford, Minn. The brother has the 
sympathy of the entire division in his be- 
reavement. A beautiful wreath of flowers 
was furnished by this division for the 
funeraL 

Bro. B, B. Dickey, Carlos, Minn., on sick 
list for a month. He is the oldest member 
on this division, has been with the "Soo 
Lbie" over 80 years, and this is about his 
first layoff. Bro. Bergstein relieved him. 

Thanks to the brothers who so kindly fur- 
nished items. Please send all you can earh 
month, so we can have a good write-up, and 
remember, *^No card, no favora." 

Ckbt. 186'. 



Minneaota Diviaion — 

The following amounts were contributed to 
Mrs. Grace Shannon, wife of our late Bro. 
Shannon: 

All dispatchers' offices, superintendent's 
ofllce and agents' offices, Ehiderlin, $489.00 ; 
districts, first, $192.60; second. $171.00: 
third, $167.50 ; fourth, $86.00; fifth, $88.50; 
BfaEth, $42.50; surplus fiower fund, $68.70. 
Total, $1,199.70. 

This amount was presented to Mrs. Shan- 
non on Christmas morning by Mr. Bruce, 
Overstreet, Bra Warburton and myself. 

Mrs. Shannon exclaimed: "Words cannot 
expre^ my appreciation of such a wonder- 
ful gift coming at this time. I wish it were 
In my power to thank each individual who 

made thU gift possible." 



There are two dispatchers' offices to hear 
from. W. B. Conger, Cert 140. 



A special meeting called by Liocal Chair- 
man Dole at the request of the boys on the 
West End, held Jan. 16th at Kankinson, 
N. D., brought out thirty members. The 
meeting was called to order at 8 :80 p. m. 
by Bro. Dols, but as none of the West End 
members could get there until the arrival 
of No. 106, about 10 :80 p. m., it was called 
off until they arrived, and resumed about 11 
p. m., with Bro. Brenner acting as chairman, 
and Bro. S. C. Walters acting as secretary. 

The others present weret 'General Chair- 
man Lewis, Chairman Cram of Marine, Wis., 
Bros. Wahl, Peterson, W. A. Walters, Stock, 
Schllnk, Stelnly, Kitner, Allen, Hough, 
Owens, Young, Norell, Yeo, Baker, Pish, 
Munt, Law, Speilberger, Walitz, Crawford, 
Stark, and Sisters Byrne, Jennie and Minnie 
Nelson, S. C. Walters and J. P. Wlsner. 

Motion was made and carried that the 
general secretary be requested to mall each 
member on this division a detailed statement 
of receipts and expendltur.es for the fiscal 
year. Recess was then called for lunch, after 
which Bro. Cram entertained us with some 
"Hocus Poous" sleight-of-hand, which was 
real good, and those who failed to see It 
surely missed a treat. 

Business was resumed shortly after 1 a. m., 
and motion was made and carried to hold 
regular monthly meetings during the present 
slack periods at different points along the 
division, to be designated at each meeting, 
the third Saturday of each month being 
picked as meeting night, and Feb. 19th, at 
Enderlln, N. D., to be the next meeting. AH 
who can should go. Every member should 
attend the meetings so as to be posted as 
to the voting for officers. S. C. Walters, 
agent Buffalo, Minn., and G. M. Hough, agent 
Fessenden, N. D., have been nominated for 
local chairmen and delegates to the conven- 
tion at Savannah, Ga., May 9th. M. B. Hag- 
gerty of Harvey, N. D., nominated as alter- 
nate on both tickets, and F. L. Thompson 
nominated as delegate. The members will 
get their ballots before they read this, and 
I • hope everyone will vote this time. The 
voting closes Feb. 28th and your vote must 
be in Bro. F. C. Palne's hands on or before 
that date or it will be thrown out. 

Motion was made and carried that Sisters 
Byrne and Nelson be extended a yote of 
thanks for their attendance at the meeting, 
this being the first occasion of its kind on 
the Minnesota Division that we have been 
so honored, and we hope they will continue 
their attendance as it has a great tendency 
to draw out the boys to the meetings, espe- 
cially the single ones. 

No further business appearing, meeting 
closed at 8 :25 a. m. 

Some reduction of forces have taken place 

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on the division In the last month. Bro. S. C. 
Walters, Buffalo, is now working first; Bro. 
Hayes, 2 p. m. to 10 p. m. ; office closed, 10 
p. m. to 4 :30 a. m. ; Bro. Schlinlc working 
from 4 :80 a. m. to 12 :80 p. m. 

Helper at Buffalo was taken off Jan. Ist, 
which threw Earl Walters out of third there, 
on the extra list, and so far with nothing to 
do. Earl was married about Christmas time. 
Congratulations are in order and we wlsh^ 
him all kinds of good luck, although it's not 
breaking very good for him at present, but 
we hope the present state of things will not 
remain very long. The agents at Elbow 
Lake, Fairmount and Haskinson are working 
a trick, throwing a man out of each of these 
places. 

We wish to thank the management for 
courteous treatment in furnishing transpor- 
tation for us and stopping trains to let us off 
at our respective stations. Ckbt. 746. 



Duluth'Siiperior Division — 

Crosby Yard closed, Bro. Wishman going 
to Superior Ticket Office, vice Howard Felse, 
resigned. 

Iron Hub closed, Bro. Mittness, first, and 
Bro. Tschudy, second, in Minneapolis last 
we heard. Bro. Lewis, third, now with the 
Nickel Plate ta Pennsylvania. We "IS" he 
will blow back with the birds In the spring 
in time for the good fishing. 

Lawler third closed. Sister Simpson, who 
held this position is spending her forced 
vacation at home near Palisade. 

Blackhoof closed, Sister Carlson, first, 
and Sister Ruel, second, going home for the 
present; Sister Swanson, third, got busy 
right, quick and snared one of our popular 
brakemen for a life position. We all wish 
Mr. and Mrs.' Hays a long and happy wedded 
life. 

Federal Dam third closed, Bro. Hidde now 
doing extra work. 

Chas. Cohen, second 28th Street, Superior, 
has resigned to enter into business for him- 
self. 

Side table "Q" third closed. Geo. Kestel 
bidding in second 28th Street. 

Bro. Fuller is relieving Bro. Heath at Isle, 
visiting in Kansas. 

Bro. Shaffer relieving at Riverton, Bro. 
Widmoyer having resigned to enter other 
business. 

Bro. Mount, Solana, bid in New Munich, 
vice Bro. Donovan. We all wish these 
brothers success. 

Bro. Durkee, second Moose Lake, during 
the holidays, visited at Stevens Point, Am- 
herst and Waupaca, Wis, relieved by Bra 
Hidde, who also relieved Bro. Mdher, second 
Boylston Junction, under the doctor's care 
in Minneapolis for a minor operation, getting 
along nicely. 

Marretto, with us the greater part of a 
year, camoufiaged as a member of Division 
4, and quite a few of the brothers took him 



at his word. While relieving at 28th Street 
he tried this o* our superintendent. He*« not 
with us any more. Thanks. 

Bro. H. F. Risberg bid in Solana, and Bro. 
Niska, Automba, bid In Riverton. 

There will be a drive made shortly- to line 
up all the nons on this division for a 100 
per cent membership. Csrt. 1915. 



Lehigh Valley R. R., DIv. 124. 
Memhera of Division 12f— 

It is impossible to write each one per- 
sonally. I therefore take this method of 
conveying to all my sincere thanks for the 
beautiful gift sent me Christmas Day. I 
trust that the work to be accomplished dur- 
ing the year 1921 will be a repetition of the 
wonderful results achieved* since we have 
become organized. That so many were will- 
'ing to contribute is an expression that entire 
satisfaction prevails in Division 124, and 
for this I am Indeed very grateful. 

Some time ago your General Committee 
decided that it was to the best interest of 
all that the dues be Increased to $20.00 a 
year, or an increase of $5.00. The matter 
was left to the members to decide, and I am 
pleased to say that only 78 nays were re- 
ceived, indicating that the large majority 
placed explicit confidence in the recommenda- 
tions of the General Committee. 

The returns show that there has been an 
increase In the number who have paid com- 
pared with the same period last year, and 
the annual payments have also shown a 
healthy growth. 

The conditions on our division compare 
very favorably with those on old-established 
lines, and there should be no hesitancy on 
the part of any to pay dues for the entire 
year. By remitting promptly you will re- 
lieve the officers from extra work and your 
division from extra expense, due to sending 
out second requests, which should be avoided. 

We closed the year with very few delin- 
quents, some of these having left the service, 
or have been promoted. This is a wonderful 
showing, and can be duplicated during the 
present year if we make the effort. We are 
today clo$e to 100 per cent on the system, 
and if we all place our shoulders to the 
wheel we will be able to accomplish this 
in the first half. It should be the aim and 
ambition of everyone to bring our division 
up to that mark. 

A large number of our members have 
failed to renew their subscriptions to Labor, 
which is most important This Is your paper, 
and none of us can afford to be without It 
Kindly send me 11.50 that I may be able to 
have it renewed. 

Charles W. Lbr, General Chairman. 

Seneca Division — 

The man at Bound Brook is quite regular 
with his circular letter to all agents, with 
Lehigh Valley Railroad across the top of it. 



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Isn't It rather strange? We are wondering 
wby. Just think it over, and do not be 
misled. 

One operator's position abolished In "SA" 
on account of decline In business. While 
many stations have been reduced to eight 
hours, practically no one in our department 
has been laid off. We all have work for 
eight hours, at least, while many in other 
departments are out of work. What would 
have been the result at this time if we had 
not been organized? It does not take a 
Solomon to figure It out. 

Our contention was for an eight-hour day. 
If the hours have been reduced to eight on 
account o( the falling off in business at this 
time, we can have the satisfaction of know- 
ing that w^ have the eight-hour day tha«- 
we struggled so hard to get. So If any of 
us are a little peeved over the loss of an 
boor or two overtime, it would be a good 
time to sit down and figure your old monthly 
rate with the present hourly rate, and the 
any old hours we used to work with the 
present eight. When you have done that, 
take about five minutes more time and ask 
yourself what has made this wonderful 
change for the better. Cbrt. 22. 



very large fund, but it is the last thing w« 
can do for those who are called beyond, and 
about the least for those who are sick. 

Cbrt. 218. 



Ef Paso d Southwestern Ry., Div. 137. 
Baatem DMaUm — 

Ted Armstrong, second Vaughn, is being 
relieved by E. P. Tracey, who later relieved 
Hamon, on third, on account of injury to his 
back. 

Agent Hood attended court in El Paso re- 
cently, also Bro. Reese, agent Alamogordo. 

Agent Bro. Ash returned to Cabeza after 
a short visit to En Paso. 

P. J. Hiseler, Abbott agency, was off 80 
days recently. 

A get-together of about a dozen was held 
at Vaughn, Jan. 9th. Train service was not 
such that they could return to duty on time. 
General Chairman Armstrong reported a 
sood meeting,' with several brothers from 
t^e Santa Fe in attendance. 



Bro. Price, agent Courtland, permanently 
dosed Jan. 16th, is in hospital for treatment 

The oil house at Hachita was destroyed by 
flre Jan. 13th. One hundred and fifty Jour- 
nal compound and 600 pounds of boiler com- 
pound among the losses. 

President's special toured Western Divi- 
sion, with a side trip over A. A N. M. to 
Morenci and Clifton, recently. A snowstorm 
over the Eastern Division caused wire trou- 
ble, and Lineman Bro. Blair waded from 
Carrizoso to Duran looking for the trouble. 

We should have a specii^i assessment of 
about 60c a month to build up a flower fund. 
Volimtary contributions do not serye very 
well, as the boys don't think about it until 
it is needed. It is not necessary to carry a 



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8an Antonio A Aransas Pass Ry^ Dlv. 141 
San Antonio Division — 

Bro. Vick has returned to Poth after a 
month's leave on a trip to Kansas City. He 
is now delivering freight and "OSing" from 
a couple of box cars, awaiting the rebuild- 
ing of the depot, which was destroyed by 
fire early one morning while he was away. 
Several boxes of fireworks and cartridges 
made things exciting around there for' a 
time for the bystanders. Bro. Dennis, relief 
agent there, lost his new Fox "mill," adding 
machine, "bug," and practically all of his 
wearing appareL 

Bro. C. B. Adams, Sandia, who recently 
had quite a siege of chicken pox during his 
honeymoon, is back on duty again. 

Division Superintendent Maxwell was re- 
cently married to Miss Olle, formerly stenog- 
rapher and assistant in his office. 

Bro. Meisell is back again after an ex> 
tended illness. 

Permer General Secretary and Treasurer 
Little, now at League City, sends his best 
wishes for the new year. 

Bro. W. R. Forbes recently bid In* Port- 
land agency. 

Some of you members line up A. N. All- 
d ridge, Saspamco. 

Bro. H. P. Tschatshula, Taft, was relieved 
recently by Bro. Dennis. 

A few news items from each of the mem- 
bers would be greatly Appreciated and in- 
sure us a write-up each month. Let's co- 
operate and keep up the interest. Send me 
any item you may chance upon. It will be 
of interest to some of us. 

Z. A. Dennis, Cert. 340. 



Ft. Worth A Denver City R. R., DIv. 145. 
Wichita Falls Division — 

I desire to thank you all for your hearty 
support to the Chfistmas contribution do- 
nated to our old friend. Jewel Sparkman. 
who has been in Silver City., N. M., sana- 
torium almost two years, striving to regain 
his health, impaired by the "flu" in the 
spring of 1919. We contributed |511.00, 
which was a great surprise to him, and 
words cannot express his appreciation for 
this donation from "the boys back home," 
as he has not had a pay day in two years, 
and a^ very small income. We all hope old 
"Spark" will soon be with us again. 

D. P. Everett, Q. S. & T. 



Sister Coates, third Rhome, sick several 
-days, was relieved by a new man. 

Sunset seconrl and third abolished ; Sister 
Hammock, third there, displaced **Non" Fox, 
second Rhome. 

Second Bowie bid in by Bro. Dewoody, 



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from Chilllcothe. Quite a few positioiui are 
being abolished. See that your seniority Is 
respected in bumping a Junior man« 

Sunset, Avondale, Dickworsham, Harrold, 
Tolbert, Oklaunion and Goodlett, nights, 
also abolished. I 

Bro. Boone, third Alvord, putting most of 
his idle time hunting. 

Bro. Grubbs, Decatur, was off during- the 
holidays with his "jug." 

Bro. Patlcer spent Christmas back home, 
where they have the real stuff. 

Bros. John and BlU Hines, "DW," Ft. 
Worth, and Kid, from •'X," Childress, spent 
the holidays in Alvord. 

J. A. Murphy trainmaster, First Division, 
several years, transferred to terminal train- 
master, Ft. Worth. J. W. Mode Is now train- 
master on First and Second divisions, and 
O. D. Oephart, chief dispatcher. Terminal 
trainmaster's office, Wichita Falls, abolished. 

Boys, remember ifs "Mr." Goldsmith on 
second "FR," Ft Worth, and "Mr." Lanham 
on third, who promises to flU out the papers 
next pay day. 

We are sorry tb report the following de- 
linquents: K. L. Canning, Goodnight; R. L. 
Holloway, Bellevue; C. S. Sumrall, North 
Vard, and G. H. Wheeler, Vernon. Let's en- 
courage them to come back again. 



AmarUlo Division — 

Bro. Howard Dalhart arrived at his old 
home in Alabama Just at "hog killing," and 
returned well fed up on pork, relieved by Bro. 
Merritt, with former General Chairman Web- 
ster on second. 

Boden and Perico second and third abol- 
ished. Bro. Smith, second Perico. on 90 days' 
leave to Western Union, Oklahoma CAty. 
Both men at Boden were nona and we were 
not so sorry to see them cut off entirely, 
Bruce to Denver, and Anderson to his home 
in Missouri. 

Bro. R. L. Erwin bumped from third Tas- 
cosa by Bro. W. A. Halliburton. 

An extra dispatcher was recently allowed 
to bump Kid Hines, a sinior man. Gkneral 
Chairman Greenwood had him placed back 
on his Job, leaving the extra dispatcher to 
be governed by our agreement and bump 
the youngest assigned man on his district. 

At stations where night operators have 
been pulled off, and helpers meet night trains, 
they no doubt will be copying orders over 
the telephone. Be sure and get your two 
hours' * overtime rate In every case of this 
kind, as your contract gives it to you. 

Very little assistance from any of the boys 
this month with items for the Journal. Please 
try and get me a few notes by the 10th of 
each month. 

Several brothers from all parts of the 
country are writing me in regard to posi- 
tions on the Denver. Am very 'sorry, but 
there is absolutely nothing doing in this flec- 
tion of the country, and it is almost impos- 



sible to get any kind of Job. Would advlBe 
all to keep away unless they have a Job In 
sight 

We are all very sorry to hear of the se- 
rious illness of Conductor Rusk Boreing, on 
the Denver for several years, who has gone 
to his home in Oklahoma, not expecting* to 
live. The family have our utmost sympathy 
in this hour of distress. 

R. L. Erwin, Cert 417, 

Clarendon, Texas. 



Norfolk Southern Ry^ Div. 147. 

Bro. F. O. Smyth has resigned as agrent 
at Bunlend, N. C, and accepted the freight 
agency of the Atlantic A Western Railroad 
at Jonesboro, N. C, Box 186. Cbbt. SOS. 



The old patriot who aaid that men who 
did not hang togeJther ioould hang 9oparately 
knew something. If the workere do not act 
together they will lose everything they hold 
precious. They ahould know what ia being 
done and what ia being done to counteract 
it. They can get thia information in Z^abor, 
official newapapor of the atandard organimi- 
tiona of raUroad workera. Subacribe today. 

Western Pacific R. R., DIv. 15$. 
Baatem Diviaion — 

Bro. Donahue is booked to take a ride to 
Salt Lake from Elko on the mail plane. The 
boys have asked him what kind of music and 
flowers he prefers^ Let's hope we will not 
have to furnish them. 

Among those who have returned from 
vacations and reported a good time while 
the money lasted are Sister Jackson and 
Bros. King, Martin and Grauvogel. 

Thanks to the brothers and sisters who 
nominated me for local chairman and dele- 
gate, and regret I had to decline, as all my 
spare moments are being applied to a home 
study course. Looks like the battle for local 
chairmanship will be between Bros. Grau- 
vogel and BCaynard. 

I think the consolidation 4s but a fair 
arrangement for we "lizards" of the desert 

There are a couple of brothers in the vicin- 
ity of Wendover who have ne^ected their 
dues for some time. Boys, it is no time 
now to hold back. Send in the iron men at 
once. "Lam.," Cert 28S. 

Weatem Diviaion — 

We have started out on the new year with 
a 100 per cent membership, practically all 
of the brothers and sfsters on this division 
having signed up for an annual card. This 
is the right spirit It not only makes you 
the proud possessor of a handsome credential, 
good for twelve months, but lessens the work 
of our secretary, and cuts down the division* 
expenses. 

Bro. T. H. Reed, who relieved dispatcher 
Funk, Sacramento, for thirty days on account 
of sickness, is back on second Portola» dis- 
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relieved Bro. R. R. Youngblood, asrent Doyle, 
while be visited In Reno, first of January. 

Bro. El B. Bell, first "YD." Orovllle, re- 
lieved two weeks in January by Bro. C. H. 
Rath, who later relieved Bro. P. R. Field, 
third Qerlach. 

Bro. Geo. Loner and wife of HackstafC 
spent two weeks in San Francisco recently, 
relieved by Bro. H. C. Lowe, who later re- 
lieved Bro. McElroy at Loyalton. 

One dispatcher and about half a dozen 
telegraphers have been pulled off on account 
of the decrease in 'business. Cxrt. 122. 



// you are concerned altout the present 
reXbroad eituatUm, you'll want to help cor- 
rect it, Howf The first thing to be done is 
to become a reader of Labor, your paper. It 
vill open your eyes to conditions and make 
you so ansUms to get into the fight that 
nobody can keep you out of it, 

Rutland Ry., Div. 157. 

We started off the new year with two new 
members. Send them in, boys, the secretary 
has his pen and long lead pencil all ready 
to handle them quick. Let us all adopt "No 
card, no favors,'* plan, and it won't be long 
until we have them all in. 

Try and get Mrs. Tupper to buy a card 
with part of the back pay we got for her, 
when we had her rate corrected. She would 
be our first "sister." 

Chairman Clark called a special meeting 
and appointed a committee to audit the sec- 
retary and treasurer's books, which took 
place at 2:00 p. m., Jan. 9th, at the Bard- 
well Hotel, Rutlahd, and tliey were found 
to be correct 

If you have not sent in your dues, attend 
to It at once, also protect your beneficiary by 
remitting your M. B. D. assessments 
promptly. Cbht, 164. 

Labor, the national weekly published by 
workers, is your Liberty Bond against injus- 
tice and oppression. Read it regularly and 
learn what the newspapers have been doing 
to you. 

Ann Arbor R. R., Div. 164. 

Bro. C. R. Scheibe, Beulah, has been 
elected general chairman to fill the vacancy 
caused by the resignation of Bro. Werkman, 
and we are sure he will receive the co-opera- 
tion of all the boys. Bro. Werkman, who 
ttiU remains in the service, but in a different 
department, made an excellent chairman. We 
all appreciate the good work done by him, 
and the Interest he took In making Division 
164 what it is now, and we all wish him 
success in his new work. 

Bro. J. a Cox, Toledo, has been having 
trouble with his eyes on account of the new 
iystem of lighting in his office. We under- 
stand they are getting better and hope they 
win conttnue to Improve. 

Bro. 0. W. Miller, who went West recently, 



has returned and is now stationed at the 
Raisen river bridge, Dundee. 

Bro. Speigleberg still makes his weekly 
trip to the lake. . 

Bro. H. A. Slear, Ferry third, Is still in 
line to relieve the boys at Boulevard next 
summer, which, we understand, is to be en- 
larged, two or three new tracks put in, and 
a larger electric machine, which means a 
little more posting up for Br6. Blear. 

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You have no right to object to the lyHg 
of the kept press if you support it. Giwe 
your support to your own publidations. Read 
Labor, which is, in a very definite sense, 
your newspaper. It ^eUs the truths and the 
truth is something you most need at this 
time. 

Northwestern Pacific Ry.» DIV. 166. 
Southern Divieicn-^ 

Do not let the reductions affect your mem- 
bership. If you happen to be one of the un- 
lucky ones, stand by your organisation and 
you will win out in the end. Things will pick 
up soon and you will again be put back to 
work. All regular men should help the un- 
fortunate brothers, whenever possible, either 
by giving them some relief work or other 
help. 

Bra Christian Will probably be "among 
those present*' on the extra list, first Uklah 
having been abolished and the duties ab- 
sorbed by more fortunate brothers there. 

Bro. Smith, first San Rafael, has taken 
unto himself a wife. Congratulations. 

A clerk has been taken away from Bro. 
Hicks, agent Hopland. He will be compelled 
to speed up a little, although he is already 
doing a full dajr's work. 

Bro. Staten resumed Petaluma agency 
Feb. 1st 

C. W. Finch, relief agent, has been with 
us since September last. Like Mr. Smith, at 
Windsor, he does "not expect to be in the 
railroad game mv^h longer." Just long 
enough to get all he can at the expense of 
up-to-date brothers, whom he tops on the 
seniority list. "No card, no favors." 

You are no doubt in receipt of a commu- 
nication issued by the Railway Executives* 
Association, wherein it takes exception to 
certain subjects published by a representa- 
tive of the railroad organizations. If you 
do not know the side of our organizations 
It Is because you do not read your newspaper. 
Labor, owned and published by the sixteen 
standard railroad organizations (the O. R. T. 
is one of them). It is a national weekly, in 
which matters of great public interest and of 
vital interest ,to you, brothers, are printed. 
The subscription price is |2 a year, or $1.50 
in clubs of fifty. Apply through your local 
chairman. This weekly paper is devoted to 
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education. Subscribe for it at once and get 
correct Information first hand. 

Don't forget the elections, brothers. All 
get in and help our organization by a lively 
interest In our local affairs. Also be re- 
minded to pay your division dues and 
M. B. D. assessments before Feb. 28th. Start 
the year right by having an annual, thereby 
saving the secretary unnecessary clerical 
work. 

Am indebted to a worthy brother at Ukiah 
for most of these items. If he will give his 
name I would be pleased to appoint him as* 
sistant correspondent for that district Wodld 
like to hear from other points* too, brothers. 

Cbrt. 104. 



Labor ia the most voideVy read and influ- 
ential labor paper in thia country. It gives 
aU the important news affecting the v)orkere. 
It ehould be in the home of every u)orker. 

Central Vermont Ry., DIv. 171. 
Northern Division^ 

Our committee met in conference with the 
officials, Jan. 13th and 14th, at St. Albans. 
A number of minor grievances were cleared 
up, and many important items benefiting 
both the employes and employer were dis- 
cussed. It was also plainly pointed out that 
a number of the younger employes were not 
putting forth their best efforts in their daily 
routine of work. 

Brothers, it is nearing time for either the 
re-election of your old officers or the elec- 
tion of new ones. Bveryone should take 
great interest in these elections, and in event 
new officers are elected, make a very care- 
ful selection. Elect those who will struggle 
to keep what* we already have and who will 
not tire in their efforts to obtain better con- 
ditions for the various employes they repre- 
sent. If ever before you were in need of a 
good committee it is now. 

Please pay your dues promptly and keep 
the secretary from having to call on you, 
as this is very expensive and makes a bad 
showing for the organization. 

A new 1921 roster is being prepared, and 
as soon as completed each employe belong- 
ing to the Order will be forwarded a copy. 
In event you do not get one, request it of 
your local chairman. 

Bear in mind our standard motto: **No 
card, no favors/' A delinquent is as bad as 
a non in this respect. 

W. C. McE^rBRS, L. C, Cert. 192. 



Propaganda ie a powerful u>eapon in war- 
fare. It ia being uaed againat the vwrkera 
by t?^e exploitera. The preaa rejeka with it. 
You cannot know the truth unleaa you are 
reading publicationa free of propaganda. 
You ahould read Labor, your own paper. 

Oregon Short Line R. R«, Div. 172. 
Montana Division — 
Our Information was incorrect regarding 



the death of lira. Davies at Sugar City, pub- 
lished in the Deeember issue. She was the 
wife of former Agent Walter Davis, instead 
of his mother. 

General Chairman Stice recently accom- 
panied me on his first trip over the North 
End, north of Lima, and over part of the 
Yellowstone Branch, meeting most of the 
members in this territory and getting pretty 
well acquainted with conditions. 

It is now Bro. Qeorge on first Armstead, 
relieving Bro. Julien, on leave. 

Bro. Thos. Supan, agent Victor, recently 
managed to get out of the snow long enough 
to spend one night with us at Idaho Palls. 

Bro. J. R. Weaver, agent Butte, a regular 
attendant at the monthly Claim Cause and 
Prevention meetings, at Idaho Falls, pays 
us an occasional visit. 

Bro. B. P. Liee relieved Bro. Qiachou, sec- 
ond Spencer, who relieved Sister Spencer on 
Lima second, who went to St. Anthony. 

When mailing bids to the superintendent 
always let me have a carbon copy for pro- 
tection in case his copy is lost in the malL 
This will also enable me to check bids 
against the seniority list and see that proper 
assignments are made. 

T. B. KiNQHORN, Local Chairman. 



Utah Divieion-^ 

W. S. Bobbins, "RO" in "CA," Pocatello. 
shown in Thb Tslborapher recently as a 
non-member, has a card now. He is a grood 
operator and we appreciate his membership. 

WANTED — ^A live correspondent for this 
division. Apply to J. Stice, general chair- 



Business all shot to pieces, all eJIbra men 
cut off the board, and some regular men 
bumped and put on extra list. 

Bro. V. H. Dillehuntv "D," Salt Lake, in 
Company Hospital sixty das^s, is out now 
and ready to resume both work and pleasure. 

If you don't know who the nons are and 
whore located, apply to the local chairman. 

The 1921 seniority list contains several 
errors, which, the general chairman says, 
has been called to the attention of the gen- 
eral superintendent, who has promised Im- 
mediate revision. Ben Probes, No. 6, is out 
of service. Jim King, No. 81, should be No. 
109%, June 12, 1912. C. E. Baker. No. 21, 
belongs way down the line about fifteen 
years. Some people mistake this seniority 
list for a pension record. None of these 
have a card. Csrt. 172. 



Idaho Diviaion, Fourth Diatriot — 

This is the dullest period in years. Posi- 
tions abolished : Ticket agencies Caldwell, 
Ontario and Weiser, displacing Bros. Hat- 
maker, Lauder and Brown ; second and third 
Reverse, displacing Sisters Dillon and 
Thompson ; first Medbury, Bro. Woods bump- 
ing Bro. Bach, third there; fourth Nampa. 
Bro. P. 8. Smith to Iferidian agency. reUev- 



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ing Bro. Reese sixty days; Vale telegraph 
job, Bro. Broughner bumping third Sho* 
shone; extra ticket clerk Boise, "Non" Scar- 
borough bumping Bro. Manningly, tliird 
Minidoka; three triclcs Awyhee, Bro. Benton 
to third Payette, on bid^ Bro. Oeis relievjng 
Bro. Huggins, ticket clerk Nampa ; Bro. Wil- 
liamson to extra board, 

Bro. Peabody, banks agency, resigned, re- 
lieved by Bro. Lasrman, from "CA," who later 
went to P. & I. N. We wish him success. 

Bro. Kincaid, first Parma, bid In Banks; 
Bro. Cason, second, bid in first; second and 
third abolished. 

Bro. S. O. Collins, from the "MOP," re- 
lieved "Ncn" Bscue, second Kuna. 

Bro. M. P. JarvIS relieved Bro. J. K. Webb, 
Smiths Ferry agency, thirty days. 

Bro. W. E. Hoover, Glenns Fenat first, 
relieved thirty days by Bro.- D. C. iKtle. 

If 8 now Bros. Allen and McMillan at Or- 
chard, Bach at Medbury, C. W. Johnson at 
Ontario, and Joilineau at Nampa, making 
all these Jobs BoUd. 

Brothers, keep after Roberts at Payette, 
EKue at Kuna, Wing at Emmett, and Posey 
at Hiddleton. These are Bomk of the best 
jobs on the pike, made good by the O. R. T.. 
to which these "birds" contributed nothing. 

Bpo. Richardson, recently taken out of the 
service as ticket agent Ontario, through no 
fault of his own, has been reinstated through 
the efforts of the committee, which is one of. 
many more good r^bsons why we should keep 
up to date at all times. 

We are in better shape than for years, but 
there is still lots to do. Let's all do our 
best to make this the banner year, 100 per 
cent solid. 

Bear in mind our duty to our superiors. 
We have a fine chief and a nice bunch of dis- 
patchers. Let us do our utmost to help t^em 
out and retain their co-operation. 

Cbrt. 751. 



Read the editor's article about Labor in 
thia issue. It oontaina information of great 
value to you, 

TenneM^ Cehtrai R. R., Div. 178. 

Our regular meeting in Lebanon, Tenn., 
Sunday night, Jan. 16th, had a good attend- 
ance, and we expect a still better one Feb. 
20th, the regular election of officers and 
other special features, including a **big feed,*' 
and perhaps "drinks," too, you never can telL 
Come and see. 

Third Southern Junction Abolished and the 
Horn went Operator-clerk, Carthage, also 
abolished, vice Bro. Hamilton, and Bro. C. L. 
Burch, relief agent's job, latter using his 
seniority on ye scribe, 9econd Cookeville, who 
bumped Bro. Sparks, who bumped Bro. 
1>river at Lebanon, and lat^r' relieved Bro. 
RoUands, Crossville third, on account of 
steknest. 

Bro. Scudder has been reinstated on his 
old job, putting Bro. Qreen on the board. 



Bro. Webster, a new man, bid in second 
Monterey, and Bros. Denton and Strong, new 
men from the "Big Pour," bid in Davidson 
and Crawford agencies on the Crawford 
Branch, respectively. 

Bro. Rolland bid in Crossville. relieving 
Bro. C. L. BuTch, our relief agent. 

Bro, John Young has retired from railroad 
service. Crab Orchard, nights, abolished, 
Dunn going to first Southern Junction. 

Bro. Williams, who has been out West for 
his health, is back on his old job again. 

Assistant Trainmaster Murphey on an in- 
definite leave, Mr. Burke handling all divi- 
sions as trainmaster, with headquarters at 
' Monterey. 

Bro. Hoover is getting a nice new depot 
at his station. 

Bpys, find out the standing of the new 
men on the East End and report it to the 
local chairman. "No card,, no favors," 

Drop me some notes about the 16th of the 
month and help me to put our division ovef 
the top for 1921. "Old X," Cert 9. 



Old civUieations were destroyed because 
of lack of means of communication between 
the people. Misinformation is worse than no 
information. The **kept" press is the deadly 
enemy of the republic. Read Labor, the 
worker^ paper, and learn what is happening 
in the world, 

Chicago, Terre Haute A South., DIv. 180. 
Indiana and Illinois Division — 

Bro. B. R. Roach bid in second Faithorn; 
Bro. F. J. Nichols, second "DX," and Wil- 
liams, relieving on first Bedford, bid in sec- 
ond Belt Junction. 

General Secretary and Treasurer Hyslop 
off on account of sickness several days. Bro. 
M. C. Roach, second Bedford, also off several 
days. 

Latta third cut off one night, put back 
again. Bl^ckhawk and Stockland second 
and third, and Linton third, abolished. Bro. 
C. H. Dougherty, third Linton, taking the 
extra board in preference to buSiplng on 
second trick Belt Junction. 

Bro. A W. Gee, agent Indian Springs, at- 
tending court 

Bro. J. R. Baker, second Hulman Street, 
relieved by Bro. P. V. Bailey. 

Bro. Reddo Powell, third trick dispatcher. 
Indiana Division, relieved by Night Chief 
Scifert on account of sickness. 

Bro. C. R. Longcor, third Latta, recently 
married, is keeping house at Jasonville. 

Bro. S. A. Perryman, second Latta, was 
off a short time recently. 

Bro. and Sister Wright off several days, 
and Bro. Archer, at Delmar, a week visiting 
his sister. 

I wish to thank the O. R. T. members, as 
well as all the other railroad workers, for 
their help at the time of my father's death. 
P. A. Mahnb, Local Chairman. 



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TELBGRAPHER. 

E. J. MANION, Acting Editor and Manager. <4^B^ 

Vol. XXXVIII MARCH, 1921 No. 3 



RAILROADS DEFY UNITED STATES 
RAILROAD LABOR BOARD 

The Order of Railroad Telegraphers, in conjunction with its Asso- 
ciate Organizations, constituting the '* Recognized Standard Railroad 
Labor Organizations'' accepted the defiance of the Missouri & North 
Arkansas and the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroads, they both 
having refused to abide by the decision of the United States Railroad 
Labor Board, that rates of pay established by that tribunal should be main- 
tained until revised in accordance with the provisions of the Transportation 
Act, and, in deliberate violation of said decision, arbitrarily reduced the 
wages of their employes eflfective February 1, and March 1, 1921, re- 
spectively. 

The Organizations affected took prompt action following the announce- 
ment of the railroads that they would not observe the Board's decision, and 
strikes were authorized and put into effect on the Missouri & North Arkansas 
on February 26, and on the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic on March 5, 
1921. Both strikes are in progress at this writing. 

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assessment slip, or certificate of good health, furnished you. By so doing, 
you will place yourself in good standing and protect your beneficiary. 

All Mutual Benefit Department Members — All moneys forwarded in pay- 
ment of Mutual Benefit Department assessments, must be remitted by 
express or post oflSce money order, or by draft on either New York, CJhicago, 
Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis, or Montreal (The Royal Bank of Canada) • 



No Backward Steps 

**A living wage,'' said Arthur Huddle, of the Boston Building Trades 
Council, ** should be sufiicient to permit a man to support himself and 
family in comfort, educate his children as they should be educated and put 
something away for a rainy day." 

The unionist made this statement before a committee of the Chamber 
of Commerce that is investigating the housing situation. 

Huddle declared that even if the wage of organized labor were reduced, 
the mass of unorganized workers would receive no benefit as their wages 
would be cut in proportion. He said organized labor raised the standard 
of wages for all and it did not intend to go backward. 

** We're not going back one step to meet the unorganized — ^not one step." 



Labor Superior to Capital 

The immortal Abraham Lincoln, real all-wool and yard- wide American, 
said: • 

'*I am glad to see that a system of labor prevails in New England under 
which laborers can strike when they want to, where they are not obliged 
to work under all circumstances." * * * — (Speech at New Haven, Conn., 
1860.) 

And again: 

** Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is but the fruit 
of labor, and could never have existed had labor not first existed. Labor 
is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." — 
(Message to Congress, 1863.) 

Contrast the foregoing with what the open shoppers say, who term 
iheir campaign to establish the non-union shop the American plan of employ- 
ment, and in whose propaganda, which is spread broadcast, great stress is 
placed upon the words ** American" and ** Americanism." 



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The Union Forever 

rf men in this country — men whose outstanding char- 
k of vision — are engineering at this time a concerted 
•ican Federation of Labor. 

inking the activity of this group of reactionary minds 
5 appearing on the horizon of our national life today. 

their real object — which is the destruction of organized 
se of a campaign for the supposedly popular OPEN 
vhat the general public doesn't seem to have realized 
ar cannot possibly live under the Open Shop system, 
nt of the Open Shop wotild mean the ultimate destruc- 
tor, and that's what they are after. I can conceive 
that could happen to this country than that they should 
ous business. 

elieve they will succeed. I CANNOT believe that 
wrong can possibly succeed. Employers of enlighten- 
against it, for their OWN protection, and for the 
UR COMMON COUNTRY. 

1 are men of wisdom and understanding who know, 
) proclaim their conviction, that unless Judge Elbert 
their associates in this movement stop trying to break 
\TIVE American Federation of Labor — if they succeed 
wer of that organization — they will remove the only 
etween us and a REVOLUTIONARY LABOR MOVE- 
[)u destroy the labor unions and let men KNOW that 
KDY for their troubles in peaceful legal organization 
Irive them inevitably and perforce into open and armed 
[y weapon you have left inT their hands with which to 
and intolerable injustice. 

this vicious thing cannot succeed. 

oiiN Emerson, President, Actors' Equity Association. 



Unions Here to Stay 

not be destroyed by internal dissension, or from external 
ay suflfer temporary defeat at certain points and serious 
le army of Organized Workers, as a whole, is growing 
lay, and it is natural that it should. Our enemies are 
together and opening their eyes to great truths and, 
;e, are very thankful. 



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The Public Defender 

Isn't it strange that a man can not get justice in a court unless he hires 
a good lawyer to look after his interests? says The Cleburne Enterprise, 
The fellow who is penniless stands about as good a chance getting justice 
as a snowball stands of weathering the climate in that remote country. But 
this is changing in some states. In California the State provides a "de- 
fender" for all who are arrested, and it is his duty to see that the evidence 
and the law are properly applied. He is supposed to try as hard to prove 
his client innocent as the prosecutor does to prove him guilty. Of course 
one will remind the writer that when a man goes into court in Texas, if 
he has no lawyer and is not able to pay for one, he is given one by the judge. 
But the attorney in such cases is usually a mere fledgling, and he is hope- 
lessly defeated from the very start. Often a fellow is arraigned in court, 
and he finds he is being vigorously prosecuted by the very prosecuting 
attorney his taxes help maintain, and he has to pay out additional money 
to help counteract the vigor of the prosecution. • According to The Enter- 
prise we have a lot to learn yet in the administration of justice. California 
has set us a good example by providing a paid attorney to defend all who 
are prosecuted. This attorney is an official of the State, just like the prose- 
cuting attorney. 



The Hour of Trouble 

The organization of American Employers' Association, Inc. (open 
shoppers) has the following departments: Legal, Reference, Open Shop, 
Contract System, Publicity, Co-operative Support in Industrial Troubles, 
Discipline, and Power. 

Under the caption *'Open Shop*' it says: **This corporation favors the 
open shop. It denies no man the right to work." This does not jibe with 
the admissions of Mr. Grace, that one of the biggest steel corporations in 
the country would not sell steel to a contractor or builder who employed 
union labor. 

Under the caption ** Co-operative Support in Industrial Troubles" it 
says: *'In the event of a strike or similar trouble, financial support should be 
given to the one afflicted, and also moral support. This is an important 
factor in the hour of trouble." 

This furnishes a concrete example for the workers, of the solidarity 
and co-operative spirit of the manufacturers, of support in case of strikes, 
and one that can profitably be followed by the workers. 

The employes in the station, tower and telegraph service on all rail- 
roads are members of The Order of Eailroad Telegraphers and fully 
prepared for any and all emergencies. 

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Help Other Wage Earners 

Every home is being forced to contribute to the fight against union 
labor. Every union man has to put in his share to fight his own organization. 
Articles of merchandise, which must be had in order; to live, and which are 
produced by advocates of the open shop plan, are beijig forced upon the 
unwilling union man, and if he buys an article which does not bear the 
union label, he is contributing to the fund which is being raised to put his 
organization out of existence. 

Thousands of union workmen are being laid off, and after being out 
of work a week or so, are oflEered employment on the open shop basis; 
union contracts are being openly violated, being termed by this Hunnish 
organization of employers as mere scraps of paper and not worth the paper 
they are drawn upon; workers are told that they are to be driven out of 
the union, and that the union shall be crushed out of existence; that the 
unions have become too cocky, too independent, and they shall be curbed. 
Wall street has issued a dictum to the next Congress that the iniquitous 
Clayton Act shall be repealed, and that labor must be curbed; that strikes 
shall be made felonies, and that labor, the free American labor, shall be 
reduced to the level of the serf. 

What are you going'to do about it? 



The Right Spirit 

An organization of Iowa workers 'and farmers has been perfected to 
oppose legislation hostile to producers before the Legislature now in session 
at Des Moines. Immediate attention is being given to a bill creating an 
industrial court patterned after the Allen experiment in .Kansas, with 
excellent prospects of defeating it. Conferences between organized workers 
and farmers developed a mutuality of interests that suggested effective co- 
operation, and these groups were gathered under one general direction: 
Farmers' Educational and Co-operative League, Farmers' Protective 
* Welfare Association, Farmers' Union, Farmers' Legislative Committee, 
United Taxpayers' League, Iowa State Federation of Labor, The Order of 
Railroad Telegraphers, Order of Railway Conductors, Brotherhood of Loco- 
motive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, 
Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, United Mine Workers of America, and 
more than a dozen other craft unions and central bodies. 

F. A. Garber, of the Farmers' Union, is president of the joint committee; 
PVed A. Canfield, president of the State Federation of Labor, secretary- 
treasurer; and James Stedman, of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen 
and Enginemen, vice-president. 



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Yesterday and Today 

A few short months ago the workers of our land were exhorted to 
produce more and still more. Today millions are unemployed and thousands 
of factories are idle and not a voice is raised urging manufacturers to 
produce more and still more. When labor was scarce and the land was 
prosperous we heard much of the national waste caused by strikes. Now 
that labor is plentiftil and millions are unemployed we do not hear a single 
voice crying out against the millions of dollars that are being wasted and 
against the suffering that is being endured by millions of souls. 

Congress, on the one hand, confronted by an unprecedented public debt 
and unprecedented public expenditures, is preparing to repeal the tax on 
excess profits and sur- taxes on incomes and substitute therefor a ** sales 
tax** transferring the burdens of government from the backs of the rich 
to the stomachs of the poor. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank, 
on the other hand, petulan^y assures congressional inquiries that there is 
no cause for alarm; that the "process of deflation" is proceeding in a 
perfectly natural way and that the little fellows are having the life squeezed 
out of them while the big fellows a^ waxing fatter every minute. 

As if to add mental anguish and confusion to the already over-heavy 
physical burdens of the workers our modem economists and near-economists 
are laboring in vain to make it clear that all our present industrial and 
social ills are due to ** overproduction,*' while others are assiduously at 
work proving that the root of evil is ** under consumption." 

Whatever may be the cause, the fact reinains that millions of workers 
are unemployed who could be of use in increasing the wealth 'of the 
country, thus raising in general the level of well-being. The workers in 
idleness cannot buy and those on reduced wages cannot purchase as heavily 
as they have, because their income is lessened or their wages are stopped. 
Thus unemployment and under-employment actually aggravate the elements 
w hich caused this intolerable condition of affairs. 

To condemn individuals is ifoolish and unjust. But this experience 
in this century and decade should certainly lead to a careful and widespread 
survey and study of production and distribution, for the purpose of stabil- 
izing both proce^es. Our nation may be rich and our land may be productive, 
but it is not rich. or productive enough to afford these intervals of thumb- 
twiddling, of hoodwinking and starving the sons of toil, of establishing 
lower levels of life and work and of depriving the workers of Qod's heritage 
to the right of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. 

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In Father's Footsteps 

. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, addressing the annual banquet of the 
h Press Club at the William Penn Hotel, sounded a note of warning 
gentlemen of the capitalistic world who would smash all labor 
gardless of results. 

ise who advocate the destruction of labop unions," he said, '*advo- 
idition which would engender anarchy more rapidly than anything 
jhy itself. The unions are essentially right and a necessary part 
iieme of relationship." 

, as the most important of many important features of an address 
bservances of questions vitally affecting our country and the world 
1. Roosevelt presented the economic situation as being by far the 
3nt. And, at the bottom of the economic situation he attacked, 
the moves threatening the stability of the whole economic structure, 
spread plan of a group of great interests to destroy unions, hiding 
fiat is termed a *' campaign to establish the open shop." 

speech should have more than usual effect, having been delivered 
aper writers and editors, as well as the leaders of thought in this 
y industrial district. ^ . 

Roosevelt's utterances must have made it plain to many that, for 
lecade, the labor question is to become the most important engaging 
ican people, and newspapers must, sooner or later, make up their 
take a stand. Were it left to the writers on the newspapers, a masked 
t against unionism would be exposed instantly and those employers 
i to yearn for the restoration of a baronial system, modernized as 
requires, would find themselves the target of batteries of con- 
1. However, THE WRITERS ON NEWSPAPERS PROPOSE— 
NERS DISPOSE ! 



The Labor Union 

history of the Organized Labor Movement, in the United States, 
ative of the most glorious and patriotic accomplishment. It was 
o demand a free public school system and free text-books. It was 
nized Labor IMovement that was, largely, instrumental in the 
of a universal franchise, compulsory education laws, child and 
abor regulations and laws, laws protecting miners, workmen's 
tion, mothers' pensions, the Federal eight-hour law and hundreds 
laws and labor standards. And this is the movement that the 
lous employers and greedy demagogues, so-called captains of 
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APPLICATION OF SUPPLEMENT No. 13. 

Prior to the discontinuance of Railway Board of Adjustment No. 3 by 
the United States Railroad Administration, the following decision was 
handed down. 

It is now brought to the attention of our General and Local Officers, 
as well as the membership at large, . that they may be fully informed 
regarding the correct application of Supplement No. 13 : 

CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN RAILRQAD VS. TELEGRAPHERS. 

DOCKET T-881— O. R. T. FILE 25-660. 
Question— Application of Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 27 to position 
of leverman. Rock Island Tower, Oelwein, Iowa. 

EMPLOYES* POSITION. 

W. B. McQueen, leverman, Rock Island Tower, Oelwein, was assigned to hours 
from 10:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m., from October, 1918, until AprU 20, 1920, when the 
hours were changed from 8:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. This is a one-trick position. 

Reference is made to paragraph (f). Article V of the telegraphers* agreement. 

The employes contend that Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 27 automat- 
ically brought* this position under the terms of both Supplement No. 13 and the 
telegraphers' agreement effective October 1, 1918. 

Reference is made to paragraphs (a) and (h). Article V, Supplement No. 13. 

As this was a one-shift position, the committee contends that the commencing 
time should not have been later than 8:00 a. m. and it should have been 8 hours, 
exclusive of the meal hour, with the closing time not later than 5:00 p. m., and as 
the hours assigned were 10:00 a. m. to 6:00 p. m., without any provisions for a 
meal hour, Leverman McQueen is entitled to one hour's overtime for the time worked 
after 5:00 p. m. and one hour overtime for meal hour from October 1, 1918, until 
April 20, 1920, the date the assignment was made as provided by Supplement No. 13 
and the telegraphers' agreement. 

RAILROAD'S POSITION. 
The claim of the telegraphers in this case is for additipnal compensation, not 
on the basis of any rule or regulation contained in General Order No. 27, its supple- 
ment or addenda, but on the basis .of a specific schedule rule Reading: 

"At offices where but one telegrapher is employed, commencing time will 
he between 6:30 and 8:00 a. m. or p. m." 
and incidentally upon a specific schedule rule reading: 

"At offices where but one shift is employed, one hour will be allowed for 
meals, when practicable, between 11:30 and 1:30 o'clock, day dr night. Such 
hour to be designated by division officers, and to remain as uniform as train 
movements will admit. When one hour is not allowed within the period 
specified, one hour overtime will be paid and 20 minutes will be allowed for 

lunch at earliest opportunity." 

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DECISION. 
Supplement No. 13 provided that positions for which rates of pay and rules 
were established by that supplement, should be Incorporated into existing agreements ; 
therefore, from the effective date of that supplement such positions were subject to 
the provisions of existing schedules. The leverman in question is entitled to pay 
bei^iBning not later than 8:00 a. m. with overtime for all time worked in excess of 
8 consecutive hours exclusive of the meal hour, computed from 8:00 a. m., and to 
overtime rate for the meal hour when same was not allowed within the limits specified 
in the schedule, and shall be paid on that basis from the effective date of Supplement 
No. 13 to General Order No. 27, 

Attention Is directed to Question 5, Decision' (i). Interpretation No. 4, in 
connection with Article II of Supplement No. 13 to General Order No. 27. 

RAILWAY BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT No. 3, 

G. E. KIPP, Chairman. 

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A^othe^ Victory 

The effort of certain officers of railroads to stampede the United States 
Railroad Labor Board was answered in no uncertain terms by the Labor Board 
on February 10, 1921. 

Inasmuch as the railroads caused to be put in circulation from coast to 
coast the demands of Vice-President Atterbur\' of the Pennsylvania Railroad 
in behalf of the Labor Committee of the Association of Railway Executives, 
it is believed that all railroad employes will be interested in the full decision 
of the Board, hence, we are printing it at this time. 

The Association of Railway Executives were endeavoring by high-handed 
methods to have the Labor Board abrogate and set aside all agreements exist- 
ing on every railroad which had been consummated since January 1, 1918. 
In other words, it was an attempt on the part of the railroad managers to 
immediately re-establish the agreements of rules and working conditions in 
effect as of December 31, 1917, without regard to an orderly procedure. 

Chairman Barton, of the Labor Board, wasted no time on preliminaries in 
announcing that by direction of the Board he would make a decision con- 
cerning the demands of the Association of Railway Executives. The decision 
of the Board literally threw Vice-President Atterbury and his contentions 
out of court. The Association of Railway Executives were shocked and 
stunned by the decision, and, the workers were correspondingly elated. The 
decision of the Labor Board is as follows: 

The Chairman: Let us have order, gentlemen. The United States Railroad 
Board is now in open session for the transaction of public business, pursuant to 
adjournment, and for the purpose of continuing the hearing of the case before us. 

However, before hearing from the parties, I am directed to make an announce- 
ment on behalf of the Board. The Board has, jn addition to the case now before 
us, the case of the employes against the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad, 
which haa been set for hearing this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Therefore, the present 
hearing, if not finished at 4 o'clock this afternoon, will be adjourned, and we will 
take up the Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic case, with which proceedings we will 
proceed until 6 o'clock, and then, if necessary, we will adjourn till seven and hold 
a session until 9:30. Of course, as to that, we will be in a better position to deter- 
mine when we get into that case. 

However, the hearing from 4 o'clock until 6 o'clock will take place at this 
place, and when we adjourn the Board will make further announcement as to whether 
the hearing from 7 o'clock on will be heard in this room or at our usual place. 

As applicable to the case that is being heard, I am directed by the Board to 
make the following announcement: 

The Board has considered the request of the Association of Railway Executives 
as presented on January 31st, 1921, and has made this decision thereon. 

In order that the reasons for this decision may be understood, a statement of 
the history of the present dispute which relates to the agreements, rules and working 
conditions entered into or authorized by the United States Railroad Administration 
and their justice and reasonableness is necessary. 

On February 28, 1920, the Transportation Act became law. This act created this 
Board and imposed upon it the duty of deciding disputes between carriers and 

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their employee. Section 307 (d) of the Act provides that all the decisions of the 
Liabor Board in respect to '^'ages. salaries and working conditions of employes of 
carriers shall establish rates of wages and salaries and standards of working con- 
ditions which in the opinion of the Board are just and reasonable. Prior to the 
IMissage of the Transportation Act, the organization of railroad employes made cer- 
tain requests for increases in wages and for changes in working conditions. These 
requests were submitted to a conference between representatives of the carriers and 
of the organization concerned, which conference took place on March 10th, 1920, and 
continued to April 1st. The conference resulted in complete failure to agree and 
the parties accordingly referred the entire controversy, which included the question 
of reasonable rules and' working conditions as well as wages, to this Board. 

This Board In its decision of July 20, 1920, Decision No. 2, decided what wages 
constituted just and reasonable wages for the employes of carriers parties to the 
dispute. The action of the Board with regard to that part of the dispute which did 
not relate to wages is set out in Decision No. 2, as follows: 

"There are in the dispute as presented questions involving rules and working 
conditions, some of which are interwoven with and materially afTect earnings and 
wages. Adequate investigation and consideration of these questions would demand 
time. Existing conditions require that the Board should make as early decision 
of the wage questioii as practicable. For that reason, it has been necessary, and 
both parties to the controversy have indicated it to be their judgment and wish, 
that the Board should separate the questions involving rules and working conditions 
frdm the wage questions. Accordingly, the Board has not undertaken herein to 
consider or change the rules and agreements now existing or in force by the authority 
of the United States Railroad Administration or otherwise and this decision will be 
so understood and applied. 

"The Board assumes as the basis of this decision the continuance in full force 
and effect of the rules, working conditions and agreements in force under the au- 
thority of the United States Railroad Administration. Pending the presentation, 
consideration and determination of the questions pertaining to the continuation or 
modification no changes therein shall be made except by agreement between the 
carriers and employes concerned. As to all questions with reference to the continua- 
tion or modification of such rules, working conditions and agreements, further hear- 
ings win be had at the earliest practicable date and decision thereon will be 
rendered as soon as adequate consideration can be given. 

On December 18, 1920, this Board notified the parties to the dispute that a hear- 
ing of that portion of the dispute which was submitted to the Board on April 15, 
1920, and which was not decided in Decision No. 2, which said undecided portion 
of the dispute related to rules and working conditions, would be heard beginning 
Monday, January 10* 1921. 

Accordingly, on that date the representative of the carriers presented evidence 
and argument tending to show that the rules and working conditions embodied in 
the agreements entered into by the Director General and the several organizations 
of railroad employes were In many respects unjust and unreasonable and continued 
to present evidence and arguments as stated until February 3, 1921. 

On January 31st, 1921, the Chairman of the Labor Committee of the Association 
of Railway Executives on behalf of the Association of Railway Executives appeared 
before the Board and urged that this Board at once take the following action in 
order to avoid a financial catastrophe to the railroads: 

First,* that the national agreements, rules and working conditions entered into 
or authorized by the United States Railroad Administration be terminated at once; 
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'^4ioii8 between each carrier and its own employes and that as the basis for such 
negotiations, the agreements, rules and working conditioiis in effect as of December 
^81, 1917, be re-established. 

Second^ that the Board set aside its decision expressed in Decision No. 2 as to 
what constitutes just and reasonable wages for unskilled labor and that it substitute 
r the prevailing rate of wages in the various territories served by any carrier. 

Section 307 of the Transportation Act, 1920, provides: 

"All the decisions of the Labor BoaVd in respect to wages or salaries and 
...... In respect to working conditions of employes or subordinate officials of 

carriers shall establish rates of wages and salaries and standards of working con- 
ditions' which in the opinion of the Board are just and reasonable." 

It is obvious that the Board cannot assume without evidence of the justness and 
reasonableness of the agreements, rules and working conditions in effect on each 
railroad as of December 31, 1917, that such agreements, rules and working condi- 
tions would constitute just and reasonable rules and working conditions today on 
th^ railroads parties to the present dispute. To make such a decision without 
evidence and careful consideration would be an abdication of the functions of this 
Board and would frustrate the purposes of the Transportation Act 

It is the judgment of the Board, therefore, that the request of the Association of 
Railway Executives for the immediate termination of existing rules must be, and 
is accordingly denied. 

The duty is imposed upon this Board by the Transportation Act of determining 
just and reasonable wages and working conditions for employes of carriers. AH 
questions involving the expense of operation or necessities of railroads and the 
amount of money necessary to secure the successful operation thereof are under the 
jurisdiction, not of this Board, but of the Interstate Commerce Commission. 

This Board is not insensible, however, of the fact that the national agreement, 
rules and working conditions which are the subject-matter of the dispute now being 
•heard by the Board, do affect the expenditures of the railroads. If any of these 
rules and working conditions are unjust and unreasonable, they constitute an unwar- 
ranted burden upon the railroads and upon the public. It is, therefore, the duty of 
this Board to use the utmost practicable expedition, consistent with the necessary 
time for hearing and consideration, in determining whether any of the rules and 
working conditions now in effect are unreasonable. The Board is endeavoring to 
perform this obligation and will be better able to succeed in doing so if it is not 
further interrupted by the introduction of unwarranted demands by either party. 

The Board must also deny the request of the Association of Railway Executives 
as presented by the Chairman of its Labor Committee that so much of Decision No. 
2 as fixed wages for unskilled labor be set aside and the prevailing rate of wages 
in the various territories served by any carrier substituted. 

The boundaries of the power of this Board to decide controversies between rail- 
roads and their employes are set out in Section 307 of the Transportation Act. Section 
,307 (b) provides: 

"The Labor Board upon the application of the Chief Executive of any carrier 
shall receive for hearing and as soon as practicable and with due dili- 
gence decide all disputes with respect to the wages or salaries of employes not 
decided as provided in Section 301." 

Section 301 provides that it shall be the duty of all carriers and their officers, 
employes and agents to consider disputes in conference between representatives 
designed and authorized so to confer by the carriers or the employes or subordinate 
officials thereof directly interested in the dispute. If the dispute is not decided in 
conference it shall be referred by the parties to the Railroad Labor Board. 

It does not appear that there has been any attempt on the part of the Associa- 
tion of Railway Executives to secure conference with representatives of the unskilled 
laborers directly interested in this controversy. 

The Board is therefore without jurisdiction to take the action requested. 
That announcement is made by direction of the Board, and it is to be hoped 
that in the further presentation by either of the parties, this ruling of the Board 
will be had in view »jid be conformed to, and that the time of the Board will not 
unnecessarily be taken up by the presentation of either evidence or argument that 
l8 not necessary to the further consideration of the case, and which this action of 
the Board is intended to exclude. 



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Knowledge should precede action. 



Nature secures action by attrac- 
tion. 



Real harmony cannot exist where 
some govern others. 



When the merit incentive rules, 
people will try to please each other. 



Equal freedom is essential to full 
self-expression on the part of each 
person. 



People will not knowingly do 
WTong where there is no incentive 
to do wrong. 



In order to get all persons to do 
what is right we need an environ- 
mfint which favors right action. 



Seven hundred and seventy new 
members were initiated into the Or- 
iler during the month of February. 



Moving-picture operators of On- 
tario are asking for a law compelling 
better ventilation in the operating 
booths. 



I hope the time may come when 
OTtt country shall guarantee to all an 
tmf«ttered start and a fair chance in 
the race of life. — Abraham Lincoln. 



Teachers in Toronto, Canada, have 
applied to the minister of education 
for a 10 per cent wage increase. Last 
year they asked for a 25 per cent ad- 
vance, but received 15 per cent. 



All vast achievements are the re- 
sult of a large number of persons 
uniting in a mutually helpful enter- 
prise. Let us unite in demanding 
the union label, card and button. 



The real purpose of the ** open- 
shop*' movement is to destroy all 
effective labor unions, and thus sub- 
ject the working people to the com- 
plete domination of the employers. 



Readers of Lah&r' must have the 
service to which they are entitled. 
If you are not getting it, send a com- 
plaint to Edward Keating, manager, 
Machinist Building, Washington, 
D. G. 



City and State officials are investi- 
gating fake employment agencies 
that abound in Philadelphia. It is 
charged that these agencies collect 
fees to secure employment that does 
not exist. 



T. J. Murray, as labor representa- 
tive of the University Board of Gov- 
ernors before the legislature, ap- 

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pealed for funds to enable higher 
education to be more widely under- 
taken in Manitoba. 



At a conference of the executive 
committee of the Miners' Interna- 
tional Union, held in London, it was 
stated that short time is general in 
this industry and that trade depres- 
sion is universal. 



There were 20,508 accidents in the 
industries of British Columbia in 
1920, for which compensation under 
the compensation act to the amount 
of $1,981,755 was paid to the vic- 
tims or their dependents. 



An attempt to establish the Kansas 
'* can't strike'* law in Montana has 
been defeated in the legislature. 

Other pending legislation against 
the workers includes compulsory ar- 
bitration and anti-picketing. 



Organized labor in CSncinnati has 
perfected an educational movement 
to combat the agitation of anti-trade 
union employers. Group meetings 
are being addressed by well-known 
members of organized labor. 



There is much cause for alarm 
among the working people of the 
State of New York, that its labor 
laws are to be materially changed 
by the present legislature on recom- 
mendations contained in the message 
of Gov. Miller. 



It is alleged that John D. Rocke- 
feller, Sr., in his 1915 tax return con- 
cealed several millions of income, 
and is being sued in a New York 



court to recover $292,678.78, with a 
penalty of 5 per cent and idterest at 
the rate of 1 per cent a month from 
June 30, 1916. 



The United States in 1924 will 
have 27 capital ships, while Great 
Britain will have only 18, and ours 
will be faster than the British and 
carry heavier guns. Japan is also 
gradually overhauling Great Britain 
on the seas and may outdistance Btri- 
tannia by 1924. 



The Association of Canadian 
Building and Construction Industries 
at its recent annual session in Win- 
nipeg discussed a plan to eliminate 
strikes and labor disputes in the 
building industry of Canada through 
the use of standardized wage agree- 
ments and contracts. 



If an anti-strike clause is added to 
the Transportation Act, the railroad 
workers will be confronted with 
three alternatives; they may either 
submit to it, which means accepting 
the wages fixed by a Government 
tribunal whether they like it or not ; 
strike, and have a bayonet shoved 
between their ribs ; or organize poli- 
tically and send men to Congress 
who do not believe in anti-strike 
laws. 



On February 28th over 60,000 
members had paid dues for the 
term ending June 30, 1921. A 
wonderful record. Are you on 
that Honor Roll? 

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The Democratic candidate . for 
Governor of Tennessee, a strong ad- 
vocate of the anti-union shop, was 
defeated and the Republican candi- 
date, a pronounced friend of union- 
ism, elected by 40,000 majority, while 
President Harding carried the State 
by only about 8,000 votes. 



Coal dealers are again warned by 
the Massachusetts state fuel adminis- 
trator that ** definite action" will be 
taken against them if they do not re- 
duce prices. . Dealers wink the other 
eye as they assure the official that 
prices will be rearranged. But the 
old prices remain and the fuel ad- 
ministrator grinds out another threat 
from his publicity' department. The 
process keeps the public in a hopeful 
state of mind. 



''Statesmen lie when they talk of 
nations or peoples favoring their n;iili- 
taristic policies," is the blunt declara- 
tion of Reynolds' Newspaper of Eng- 
land. **It is a lie, " continiies the edi- 
tor. **The people — the mass of men 
and women who earn their daily bread 
so hardly — ^have had enough of war 
and the spirit that leads to war. That 
i« certainly true of the people of this 
country and we believe it true of 
^'very other country." 



An aerial p^assenger service is con- 
templated next summer by a Cana- 
Idian steamship line, which will link 
Montreal, Toronto and New York. 
I The president of the company an- 
' nonnces that wat^r courses will be 
followed aH the way to insure the 
niaximnm of safety, seaplanes being 
^Med which wil^ carry twelve passen- 



gers in addition to two pilots, and 
which will be able to attain a speed 
of 127 miles an hour. 



In all this world there is no greater 
mystery than why little groups of 
men, generation after generatiwi, 
think it worth while to try to deny 
justice to other men. What does it 
all amount tot A few years after 
we are bom, we are dead. Why 
spend that brief period in doing in- 
justice to others t Why not let*every- 
body have a full opportunity to get 
whatever happiness there may be to 
be had upon this earth? 



Congressman Tinkham has intro- 
duced a bill to establish a bureau of 
construction and housing to relieve 
"a shortage of 2,000,000 homes in the 
United States." The bureau would 
.be under the direction of the de- 
partment of commerce. Provision is 
made to study various methods of 
city planning, economic and practical 
methods for the elimination of slums 
and the formulation of building codes 
in the various cities and states. 



The present grave unemployment 
situation does not seriously affect the 
government's program of training dis- 
abled ex-service men, according to staff 
officials of the federal board for voca- 
tional education. The board reports 
65,000 of these world war vets in 
training, approximately 20,000 of 
whom are on the job in factories, 
plants or offices. In the event of a 
plant where trainees are enrolled clos- 
ing down, they are moved to other 
plants. 



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The hue and cry being raised at 
present throughout the country for 
the open shop or the falsely called 
American plan measures a distinct 
step backward. The movement is at 
best a paper organization, and we have 
tJie assurance from a large number of 
employers that they cannot be de- 
ceived by the deliberate attempts that 
are being made to wreck the welfare 
of the wage earners and to bring 
about complete confusion in the busi- 
ness world. 



It is a matter of history generally 
true that only a minority of workers 
in any basic industry have had regu- 
larly wages suiBcient to make possible 
the support of a family at any level 
of living which unbiased economists 
were willing to sanction. Prior to 
the war the very great majority of 
industrial w^orkers earned far less on 
the average than the minimum stand- 
ards which had then been ascertained, 
and during the war the same condi- 
tion obtained. 



One does not have to be a historian 
to portray or to recite from what 
source the humanitarian and construc- 
tive thought of the world has eman- 
ated. Certainly it cannot be said that 
it has come from the dormant or sat- 
isfied minds, but rather it has come 
from the active, energetic protestants 
who had a grievance and who, not- 
withstanding the abridgements that 
have been made to prevent their 
speaking and writing, nevertheless, 
have been heard. 



Never was there a time since union- 
ism began when the solidarity of 
labor was more necessary than now. 



Never was it more important for labor 
to be on its guard lest it be beguiled 
into trusting its enemies and neglcc^ 
ing its friends. Co-operation needs 
the aid of labor with all its strength ; 
labor needs co-operation still more 
urgently; but" labor loses its strength 
when it ignores the fundamental fact 
that the worker and not the capitalist 
should rule the world. 



Announcement has been made that 
the necessary preliminaries have been 
completed for the extension of the 
Kansas City and Orient Railroad to 
Ojinaga, on the Rio Grande, from its 
present temporary terminus in Chi- 
huahua. When the tunnel through the 
Sierra Madre that separates the two 
portions of the line shall have been 
completed, there will be direct rail 
connection entirely across the RepuL- 
lic with the port of Topolobampo, on 
the Gulf of California. 



Des Moines, Iowa, has formed an 
employment league, composed of the 
most dependable and efficient work: 
men in the building trades of that 
city, \vhich has placed its services, 
technical knowledge and craft abil- 
ity, at the disposal of prospective 
builders direct, in an effort to elimi- 
nate profiteering on construction 
labor. The secretary and general 
manager, E. R. Quick, claims the 
league can reduce the cost of con- 
struction at least 10 per cent. 



Approximately 2,400,000 women 
and giris are employed in industry 
in this country, according to a report- 
by the federal board for vocational- 
education. 

Since 1916 women •in the iron and| 

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steel industry have increased 40 per 
cent; in the automobile industry, 300 
per cent ; instrument making, 200 per 
cent; wood working, 100 per cent. 
The number of girls between 14 and 
16 is between one-third and one-half 
of the total number of employed 
youth. 



The California state supreme court 
has upheld the 1917 amendment to 
the workmen's compensation act 
which provides that where an injury 
is caused by the serious and willful 
misconduct of an employer, the com- 
pensation otherwise due for the in- 
jury shall be increased 50 per cent. 
Such penalty must be paid by the em- 
ployer personally and cannot be in- 
sured against. The decision strength- 
ens the hand of the state industrial 
accident conunission in its *' safety 
first" campaign. 



The Canadian Brotherhood of 
Railroad Employes object to having 
its charter revoked by the Trades 
and Labor Congress of Canada, and 
has asked for an injunction against 
oflScials of the congress. The brother- 
hood is a dual organization and the 
congress has been attempting for two 
years to have it adjust differences 
with the recognized Brotherhood of 
Railway Clerks, affiliated with the 
A. F. of L. The dualists favor the 
narrow national idea that employers 
are encouraging. 



Twenty-eight years ago a man 
named Smith, a miner, emigrated 
with his family from the old country 
to Canada and afterward became 
Minister of Labor in British Colum- 
bia. His wife, Mrs. Mary Ellen 



Smith, recently appointed Minister 
of Education in the Provincial Cabi- 
net of the Dominion of British Col- 
umbia, is probably the first woman to 
hold cabinet rank. The position is 
somewhat similar to that of State 
superintendent of public instruction 
in this country. 



In the death of Mary McArthur 
the English workers have lost one of 
their most brilliant leaders. She was 
one of the pioneers in the women's 
trades union movement. She served 
as secretary of the National Federa- 
tion of Women Workers and the 
Women's Trade Union League, but 
she was always to the fore in any 
battle which involved the interests of 
working women. She was a promi- 
nent delegate to the International 
Women's Trade Union Congress held 
in Washington last year. 



Prominent speakers at the* recent 
meeting of the American Association 
for Labor Legislation, in the Astor 
.House, New York City, claimed that 
industry was primarily responsible 
for unemployment, and urged the 
timely stimulation of public works 
to absorb the reserve of private in- 
dustry as a necessary part of an 
effective program for combating in- 
dustrial idleness, and called for leg- 
islation to establish an adequate Na- 
tional-State employment service and 
unemployinent insurance. 



The Michaels-Stern & Co., Roches- 
ter, N. Y., has renewed its agree- 
ment with the United Garment 
Workers of America, declaring that 
it believes it is **for the best interest 
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itself that the relations between the 

firm and the union be continued." 

The management of the firm suggests 

*^at its employes join the union, pay 

eir dues promptly, attend all the 

lion meetings and take an active 

trt therein, in order that the atti- 

de of the majority may always be 

uly represented. 



Coal miners in the vicinity of Ed- 
jnton are congratulating themselves 
at they withstood the blandishments 
one big union advocate, who made 
drive on these workers last year 
break into this industry. The 
iners have a strong crgunization 
id are prepared to resist wage cuts 
at are the rule among unorganized 
)rkers. **It is not very pleasant to 
ntemplate what would be the situ- 
ion in district No. 18 at the present 
ne were it not for the solidarity of 
e miners' organization/' says the 
bert» Labor News. 



**The masses are growing, tired of 
e little grafters and are ready to 
nt out the big men behind the big 
aft," said Rabbi Wise of New York 
ty. ' ' The fight for good goveminent 
American cities," he said, /'is los- 
? ground because the masses are 
varied of the futility of anti-graft 
gation and imsatisfied even by the 
shnique of improved city adminis- 
ition. They are after bigger game 
for the powerful, privileged, cor- 
pt, outwardly respectable who arro- 
ntly pose as leaders of the city's 



I would like to call the attention 

parents to the fact that their chil- 

en who are between five and six 

"^ of age are all entitled to the 



advajitages arid happy experiences of 
a kindergarten training of which 4,- 
000,000 of them are now being de- 
prived. 

In communities where kinder- 
gartens are not a part of the public 
school system, I strongly advise 
parents to take up with the local edu- 
cational authorities the matter of hav- 
ing them established. — P. P. Claxton, 
United States Commissioner of Edu- 
cation. : 

An unusual compensation award 
has been made in the case of a woman 
near Conshohocken, Pa., whose hus- 
band was killed by a foreigner out- 
side the plant in which both were 
employed. The unfortunate party 
was a foreman and the foreigner de- 
clared he would **get him" because 
of a dispute in the shop. The State 
Compensation Board ruled that the 
fact that the assault took place oflf the 
premises does not alter the case, and 
that there was an unbroken, chain of 
events from the quarrel in the plant 
to the attack a few feet off the 
premises. 



It is not right for wage workers 
in any line of work to ignore the trade 
union movement all along until a re- 
duction of wages is oflPered them and 
then come flocking to the trade union 
movement for protection. The thing 
for the wage worker to do is to get 
into the bona fide trade union which 
has jurisdiction over his class of work 
before any reduction is offered him. 
Then he will find out that he, along 
with the other workers, will be iti a 
better position to successfully offset 
a reduction in wages, and when the 
opportune time arrives gain still bet- 
ter conditions. 

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The miners will win their fight for 
justice in Mingo County, declares the 
West Virginia Federationist. These 
xuoiqitain men are inured to hard- 
ship. They have had a continuous 
fight during the past 20 years and 
have battered down opposition except 
in one small portion of West Virginia, 
where the coal o^Tiers, with their gun 
men, a^d a poisoned press, backed by 
tne machinery of the state, are mak- 
ing their last stand. Governor Com- 
wall has failed to drive the miners 
back to work and the state executive 
will retire from office and join the 
long list of discredited men who be- 
Ueve that power can defeat principle. 



"The position of the teachers in 
our social fabric is one that jieeds 
thorough readjustment,'' said Gov- 
ernor Small in his inaugural address. 
"Underpay and ingratitude on the 
part of the public for the invaluable 
service rendered to the state by the 
teaching force employed in our public 
schools has been, too often, the com* 
mon lot of these faithful servants en- 
gaged in the basic work of true Amer- 
icanization. There should not be an 
miderpaid school teacher in the state 
of Illinois. Salaries and .school 
equipment should be such that the 
very best and highest type of men and 
women are attracted to the profession 
of teaching." 



is to save a certain amount of money 
every pay day and invest it safely 
where it will be protected, where it 
will work for you and where you can 
get it when you need it. The new 
saving securities of the Treasury De- 
partment, the $1 Saving Stamps and 
the $23 Savings Certificates are the 
safest and most available means of 
accumulating such a reserve. They 
are especially adapted for wage earn- 
ers and are heartily approved by the 
leaders of Organized Labor in the 
United States. 



A safe plan for any man to follow 
is to have a reserve fund in case of 
emergencies. There is only one safe 
and sure plan to accomplish this. It 



What Virginia Railway officials 
claim is the record tonnage hauled 
by one locomotive was established 
when Mallet engine **711'' hauled 
eighty 120-ton steel gondolas loaded 
with coal from Victoria to Norfolk. 

The qptimated gross tonnage of the 
cars was 12,400 tons and that of the 
coal load 9,200 tons. C. H. Hix, vice- 
president of the road, stated that the 
actual weight, however, would prob- 
ably be found to be considerably more 
when the cars ai^ weighed. It is not 
customary to weigh the cars except at 
the pier, he said. 

**This is the biggest train of cars 
in the world, and the largest haul ever 
made,'' Mr. Hix stated. He then 
added, with a smile, '* We've got a 
real railroad." 

The run of 125 miles was made in 
9 hours and 50 minutes with four 
stops for the huge engine to take on 
the 40,000 gallons of water consumed 
in producing the steam. 



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The following births have been report- 
ed since the last issue of The Telbg- 
bapueb: • I 

To. Bro. and Mrs. R. F. Canterberry, of 
Agency, Mo., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. Hartman, of Pres- 
cott, Wis., a boy. 

To Brb. and Mrs. R. W. Tracy of Clos- 
ter, N. J., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. R. Kendrlck, of 
Truckee, Calif., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. P. K. Pickard, of brie» 
Pa., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. R. Fletcher, ol 
Hudson, S. I>., a bo^. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Lowell 0. Spencer, of 
Huntington, Ind., a boy. 

To Bro. and Sister E. E. Resler» of 
Rossville, 111., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. C. S. Swartz, of Gil- 
more City, la., a girl. i 

To Bro. and Mrs. D. W. M. Walrath, of 
JanesYllle, Wis., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. F. Herrick, of 
Eyota, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. S. Depew of White 
River, Ont, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. S. C. Oswalt, of 
Ramona, Kas., a boy. 

To Bro. and Sister J. A. Mclsaac, of 
Chapleau, Ont., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. Brown, of Pt. 
Pleasant, W. Va., a boy. 

To Bto. and Mrs. E. L. Burroughs, of 
Burbank, Calif., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. E. Arcand, of 
Darey, Que., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. I. Lessard, of Cap 
Rouge, Que. a girl. 

To Bro. and Sister. J. W. Chadwick, of 
Glenwood, N. Y., a boy. . 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. O. Patterson, of 
Tyrone, Pa., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. B. Frevel, of Free- 
port, Minn., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. B. Bryan, of 
Atherton, Ind., a boy. 



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To Bro. and Mrs. G. O. Liggett, of Pea- 
body, Kas., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. Z. Ludden, of Cur- 
tis, Okla., twin girls. 

To Bro. and Mrs. B. L. McGiH of At- 
more, Ala., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. A. Dunlea, of Wil- 
mington, N. C, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. Q. Maret, of Rich- 
mond, Ky., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. D. C. Barr, of Ironton, 
Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. T. J. Gray, of South 
Solon, Ohio, a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. B. P. Boyer, of Win- 
field, Mo., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. F. H. BHnkman, of 
Elsberry, Mo., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. N. B. Reese, of Chip- 
pewa Lake, Ohio, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. J. H. Eaton, of Wal- 
nut, Kas. a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Fenwick W. Craw- 
ford, of Vancouver, B. C, twin girls. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Cahill, t)f Valley 
Stream, N. Y., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. L. Z. Young, of 
Broken Bow, Neb., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. H. E. Hillyer, of Sene- 
ca, Neb., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. W. E. Rogers, of Yon- 
kers, N. Y., a girl. 

To Bro. and Mrs. A. R. Eberline, of 
Clio, Iowa, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. R. L. McCune, of Cen- 
terville, la., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. Geo. S. Rice, of Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa, a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. E. D. Lynch, of White- 
water, Kas., a boy. 

To Bro. and Mrs. G. C. Jones, of Consul, 
Ala., a girl. 

The following marriages have been re- 
ported since the last issue of The Telbo- 
rapheb: 

At Menoken, N. D., Sister Thelma M. 
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At Sandia, Tex., Bro. C. B. Adams, of 
DiT. 141, and Miss Cora Salmon. 

At.Wlllard, Ohio, Bro. G. H. McCarty, 
of DiT. 33, and Miss Thresa Brady. 

At Camp Hill, Ala., Bro. J. W. Boon, of 
DlY. 69, and Miss Hixie Bruce. 

At Jackson, S. C, Sister C. Lucille Mc- 
Kellar, of Dlv. 84, and Mr. Gary L. Mc- 
Lain. 

At Argyle, Ga., Pro. T. D. James, of 
DiT. 15, and Miss Odessa Evans. 

At Noxon, Mont, Bro. M. E. Weaver, of 
DiT. 54, and Miss Catherine Sullivan. 

At Jamaica, N. Y.,. Bro. W. H. Ben- 
nett, of Div. .44, and Miss Bertha Ander- 
son. 

At Springfield Gardens, N. T., Bro. A. 
N. Dennis, of Div. 44, and Miss Sadie E. 
Cornell. 

At Coatsburg, la., Bro. H. J. Finney, of 
DiT. 37, and Miss Hazel Young. 

At Rochester, N. Y., Bro. Harvey F. 
CundilT. of Div. 8, and Miss Laura D. 
Wheeler. 

At Idaho Falls, Idaho, Bro. J. C. Brown- 
son, of Div. 172, and Miss Edith Kirby. 
At Nyssa, Oregon, Bro. C. B. Phillips, 
of Dfv. 172, and Miss Clara Smith. 

At Louisville, Colo., Sister M. J. Bot- 
tineni, of Div. 35, and Mr. A. M. Smith. 
At La Grange, 111., Bro. John B. Dore, 
of Div. 37, and Miss Margaret Pike. 

At Crawford, Neb., Bro. C. C. Hyatt, of 
DiT. 37, and Miss Lucy Soester. 

At Jamaica, N. Y., Bro. Paul P. Felix, 
of DiT. 44, and Miss Frieda Schn^idt. 

At Anselmo, Neb., Bro. E. A. Webb and 
Sister Belle McKnight, both of Div. 37. 

At Iberville, Que., Bro. J. N. Beauche- 
min, of Div. 7> and Miss G. Laurion. 

At Sutton, Que., Bro. A. J. Larivee, of 
DiT. 7, and Mrs. Coderre. 

At Oxford, Ala., Bro. T. N. McCand- 
less, of Div. 63, and Mrs. Marion Hum- 
phreys. 

At Bakersfield, Calif., Bro. E. B. 
Httghes, of Div. 53, and Miss Lillian Sol- 
dat 

At Cincinnati, Ohio, Bro. Charles J. 
Schaefer, of Div. 33, and Miss Marguerite 
C. Detzel. 

The Teleobapheb extends congratula- 
tions to the happy c<5uples. 



The following deaths have been re- 
ported since the last Issue of The Telbg- 
raphxb: 

Bro. O. R. Maddux, of Div. 61. 

Bro. C. R, Whitloch, of Div. 165. 

Mother of Bro. Herman A. Ballard, of 
Dlv. 58. 

Daughter of Bro. Theo. Hatcher, of 
Div. 58. 

Bro. S. W. Mosier, of Div. 48. 

Wife of Bro. C. A. Aittama, of Div. 119. 

Mother of Bro. C. T. Winters, of 
Div. 6. 

Mother of Bro. Geo. W. Stone, of 
Div. 6. 

Wife of Bro. E. A. Paschke of Div. 71. 

Bro. Lincoln E. Angel, of Div. 34. 

' Father of Bro. H. L. Stickel, of Div. 8. 

Father of Bro. A. H. Johnston, of 
Div. 7. 

Mother of Bro. T. F. Bagan, of Dlv. 4: 

Wife of Bro. C. B. Wheat, of Dlv. 36. 

Sister of Bro. H. M. Patton, of Div. 16. 

Wife of Bro. R. W. Jeffrey, of Div. 16. 

Bro. D. G. Corbin, of Div. 17. 

Bro. H. J. Johnson, of Div. 96. 

Mother of Bro. J. A. Wolford, <>f Dlv. 
38. 

Sister Velma F. Stoops, of Div. 19. 

Mother of Bro. F. W. Tiedka, of Div. 
76. 

Bro. John I, Lewis, of Div. 45. 

Sister Mary E. Wrenn, of Div. 8. 

Bro. C. M. Touchstone, of Div. 17. 

Bro. Chas, H. Kintigh, of Div. 19. 

Wife of Bro. M. A. Brinkley, of Div. 59. 

Son of Bro. T. J. Gibbons, of Div. 52. 

Mother of Bro. W. W. Chism, of Div. 



72. 



Mother of Bro. H. V. Bowser, of Div. 
52. 

Mother of Bro. R. C. Elliott, of Div. 3. 

Wife of Bro. E. R. Fisher, of Div. 61. 

Bro. of Bros. H. E. Bolick and Chas. 
Bolick, both of Div. 15. 

Bro. F. M. Griffin, of Div. 38. 

Bro. C. A. Roberts, of Div. 2. 

Mother of Bro. C. C. McLellan, of Div. 
17. 

Grandmother of Bro. C. C. McLellan, of 
Div. 17. 

Bro. S. F. Fast, of Dlv. 71. 
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Wife of Bro. R. A. Lansdale. of Div. 33. 

Daughter of ^ro. E. L. Harris, of Div. 
22. 

Mother of Bro. C. D. Marks, of Div. 8. 

Grandmother of Sister Minnie A. Ra- 
dunz, of Div. ^8. 

Wife of Bro. G. H. Worthington, of 
Div. 10. 

Father of Bro. F. L. Harmon, of Div. 
119. 

Bro. Edward O'Hara, of Div. 8. 

Father of Bro. W. R. Myers, of Div. 8. 

Father of Bro. J. P. Stickle, of Div. 8. 

Bro. of Bro. L. H. Lambert, of Div. 7. 

Father of Bro. C. G. Davis, of Div. 35. 

Father of Bro. H. A. Huckeby, of Div. 
63. 

Bro. Harry Taylor, of Div. 44. 

Mother of Bro. W. M. Jones, of Div. 
88. 

Bro. W. A. Burks, of Div. 59. 

Bro. Sam Nichols, of Div. 61. 

Bro. Orlando F. Baldwin, of Div. 61. 

Son of Bro. F. W. Irons, of Div. 23. 

Bro. L. B. Angel, of Div. 34. 

Father of Bro. A. C. Black, of Div. 15. 

The bereaved relatives have the sym- 
pathy of all. 



WANTED. 
Whereabouts of O. B. Martin, age 40, 
fair complexion, steel blue eyes, height 
five feet ten inches, weight 145 pounds. 
Last heard of in Old Mexico. Was oper- 
ator at Crystal City, Mo., about three 
years ago. Kindly notify his father. 
O. B. Martin, Sb., 
Rusher Tower, Mo. 



Whereabouts of Buck Arnold. Worked 
for Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railway 
at Atherton and Coal Bluff, Ind., in 1917. 
Last heard from in Louisiana. "Buck," 
if you see this, please write 

E. J. Mercer, 
2116 North 14th St., Terre Haute, Ind. 



• 150.00 REWARD. 
For information as to whereabouts of 
Yula C. Floumoy. Last seen In Wag- 
oner Okla., September 14th. 1920. Age 
16, height 5 feet 5 Inches, weight 115 
pounds, blue eyes, light brown hair. 
J. E. Flournoy, 
Wagoner, Okla. ♦ 



Whereabouts of Dan H. Powers. Lost 
heard of working for C. B. & Q. R. R,^ at 
Creston. Iowa. His mother is anxious to 
hear from him. "Dan, if you see this, 
pleas* write her." 

W. L. Anderson. 
1355 129th St., Richmond Hill, N. Y. 



Information* concerning Operator 
James McLaughlin, last heard of at Mar- 
shall, Minn. Also Tom Patterson, last 
heard of in the General Office at Par^ 
sons, Kansas. "Jimmy" and "Tom/* if 
you* see this, let me hear from you at 
once. 

John 1&. Regan, 
1026 So. Front St., Mankato, Minn. 



Whereabouts of F. S. Little, last heard 
of working for G. C. & S. F. Ry., Cle- 
burne, Tex. **F. S.," if you see this, 
write me. 

D. B. Anderton, 

.Lucas, La. 



To hear from members Company "L," 
First Delaware Infantry, and members 
Sixth Signal Company, Spanish-Amer- 
ican War. Write your old comrade. 
Thos. H. Frost, 

720 West Morgan St., Raleigh, N. C. 



Would like to trade positions with oper- 
ator on Nebraska Division U. P. Ry. Have 
two years' seniority on Western Division. 
If interested wi^l exchange particulars. 
E. B. Norman, 
Washatch, Utah. 



No doubt there are many members who 
have some old train orders stored away 
which they will be willing to part with. 
I am very anxious to make additions to 
my collection of original copies of train 
orders, especialy old orders, the older 
the better. What I particularly desire 
are old forms now out of use and copies 
from out of the way roads, having a pe- 
culiar significance at the time of issue. 
If you will favor me with them they will 
be carefully preserved in my albudL 
J. M. Bryant. Cjarp I^O.^PAtlroad. 



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LOST. 

GOLD WATCH CHARM, engraved, 
"25 years* continuous service O. R. T." 
one side; other side, Telegraph Instru- 
ment. Engraved, "1892," and my name, 
"W. B. Doolittle.'* If found please re- 
turn to me at 318 West 9th St., North 
UtUe Rock, Ark. 

Grenada, Miss. 

Cert. 542. DIv. 36. 

I 

LOST OR STOLEN. 

Card No. 105, Cert. 609, Div. 1, for 
term ending June aOth, 1921. 

Annual card No. 222, Cert. 1818, Div. 
35, for year 1921. 

Card No. 554, Cert. 2065, Div. 32, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Annual card No. 1297, Cert. 1, Div. 36, 
for year 1921. 

Card No. 5789, Cert. 568, Div. 27, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 17657, Cert. 2026, Div. 36, for 
term ending December 31, 1920. 

Card No. 1574, Cert. 3355, Div. 1, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 15928, Cert. 2723, Div. 8, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Annual card No. 2026, Cert. 1169, Div. 
22. for year 1921. 

Card No. 16197, Cert. 1030, Grand Div., 
for term ending December 31st, 1920. 

Card No. 4030. Cert. 755, Div. 41, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Annual card No. 3653, Cert. 917, Div. 
37. for year 1921. 

Card No. 3214, Cert. 562, Div. 33, for 
term ending June 30. 1921. 

Card No. 14006, Cert. 543. Div. 24, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 365, Cert. 2291. Div. 54. for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 



Card No. 10294, Cert. 83, Div. 80, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 2700, Cert. 2348. Div. 70, for 
term, ending June 30, 1921. 

Annual card No. 315, Cert. 166, Div. 37. 
for year 1921. 

Card No. 30496. Cert. 2150. Div. 36, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 4528, Cert. 194, Div. 58, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 33144, Cert. 409, Div. 55, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 20462, Cert. 482. Grand Div., 
for term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 23410, Cert. 594, Div. 30, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 25556, Cert. 2069, Div. 36, for 
term ending June 30. 1921. 

Card No. 30708, Cert. 1651, Div. 29, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 11815, Cert. 8263, Div. -17, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 18750, Cert. 1526, Div. 36, for 
term onding June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 2542. Cert. 472, Grand Div., 
for terra ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 28357, Cert. 350, Div. 9, for 
term encJing June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 27978, Cert. 356, Div. 5, for 
term fn^ding June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 5756, Cert. 274. Div. 18, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 27782, Cert. 1253, Div. 32, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 
term nding June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 14270. Cert. 119.5, Div. 35. for 
term ending June 30th, 1921. 

Annual card No. 401, Cert. 1167, Div. 
32, for year 1921. 

Card No. 28220, Cert. 2504, Div. 43, for 
term ending June 30, 1921. 

Card No. 31887, Cert. 4533, Div. 61, 
for term ending June 30, 1921. 



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CHOOSING A ROAD TO FREEDOM. 
(By Kate E. Carr, President.) 

American industry has apparently 
reached the parting of the ways. On the 
right is a road that will lead direct to 
Industrial democracy. . In the foreground 
of this thoroughfare are some heavy 
grades, and a high degree of skill and 
courage will, therefore, be required to 
drive upon it. But on reaching the top 
of the difficult grades we will have a good 
open road leading on to industrial 
freedom. 

On the left is a road also deviating 
from this old road by which we have just 
come, but it is being cunningly cam- 
ouflaged by the kept press and like agen- 
cies, so as to seem to be the natural con- 
tinuation of the main highway. This 
road has, apparently, no heavy grades to 
be climbed in the Immediate future by 
drawing heavfly on our proficient re- 
sources, but it leads through marshy 
swamps of quicksand and will eventually 
bring us to industrial feudalism. 

Under the guise of the "American plan" 
and other names that are expected to 
play havoc with our better judgment, the 
workers of America are being requested 
or required to endorse the "open shop" 
plan for conducting industrial relations. 
In some localities this plan is being 
adopted quite generally. In fact, one 
stumbling block that seems to be in the 
way anywhere, is organized labor. Where 
workers are organized the "American 
plan" is having a hard battle to gain a 
foothold. 

"The American plan" is not a new 
enemy, but rather a foe that has ap- 
peared under various names at the indus- 
trial battle front, periodically, for many 
years. Whenever a condition arises thai 



may be construed by the powers that rule 
to indicate to the masses that a local, or 
naSonal, emergency exists, regarding the 
industrial situation, the Batellites of "big 
business" lose no time in starting an 
"open shop" campaign. This time the 
plan is being fostered from a national 
dcope. Labor has always suffered from 
the results of these onslaughts because 
the primafy object of them has ever been 
to kill industrial organization among the 
workers. ^ 

Never in the history of this country 
has "capital" been so well organized for 
conducting this deadly contest; never has 
organized labor been prepared to such a 
degree that it could wage a constructive 
opposition against the antagonists. Never 
has organized labor had so much to lose 
in an "open shop" battle, and never has 
the position of "big business" been so 
precarious. But the fight is on and 
whether the struggle ends ,in industrial 
democracy for the organized workers,' or 
throws these workers into a state of in- 
dustrial feudalism, depends on the indi- 
vidual and collective actions of organized 
labor's supporters during the next few 
months. 

^ EJvery craft affiliated with the A. P. of 
L. is organized for the fray. EiVery state 
federation of labor is conducting an en- 
ergetic campaign against the plan to 
break the labor unions of America. Cen- 
tral labor councils are engaging the co- 
operation of all unionists in their respec- 
tive localities in order to lend their par- 
ent organizations needed assistance in 
this hour of stress. But the union men 
and women in the small towns are, in too 
many cases, allowing their powers of com- 
bat to lie dormant. 

It seems so easy to forget that the 
weapons that the organized workers of 

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oar cities employ with such worthwhile 
reau] ts might be employed just as eflec- 
tiTely in the most isolated hamlet. The 
onionlst in the small town has an equal 
opportunity with his city brothers in de- 
feating the enemies of labor. He has a 
better chance to add friends to the labor 
movement than has the city dweller, be- 
cause labor crushing machines are not 
for the most part as well organized as 
they are in the larger cities. Therefore 
let every union man and woman prepare 
fOT the struggle that is to make or break 
democracy in all its fonns for those wL 
produce. 

To commence, let us stop being mis- 
informed concerning the issue. Any paper 
or magazine that editorially or otherwiser 
flays labor's cause at this time is an 
enemy to your every interest. So don't 
allow its presence in your home, pocket, 
or office, placard you as a traitor to your 
very existence. Do your bit toward see- 
ing that your friends and neighbors are 
truthfully informed on the various Indus- 
trial conditions by getting bundle of the 
mogt effective literature you can secure 
fbr distribution among them. 

Tou would not consider buying bonds 
or other securities* withi* your tmion- 
eamed savings without first getting their 
endorsement from some reliable broker. 
Then why spend, or allow to be spent, the 
greater portion of your earnings without 
blowing the human welfare value of the 
various commodities you purchase. 

Guard the welfare of your union as re- 
ligiously as you would that of your home. 
The defiling of the name of your union 
is a misdemeanor on a parallel with in- 
sulting the flag of your country. Be a 
booster for the cause that is destined to 
raise the standard of living and learning 
for the great masses of working people. 

If union men and women will start the 
Above suggestions working and keep them 
active for the next ninety days, the 
"American plan" will die a premature 



death, and the organized workers of 
America will find that they have passed 
the heaviest grade on the road to indus- 
trial emancipation. 



PROVIDENCE LOCAL No. 29. 

The ladies of Providence Local No. 29 
held their annual meeting and election of 
ofilcers on February 17th, which resulted 
as follows: President, Mrs. George Clark; 
grand secretary and treasurer. Miss Clara 
J. Brady; first vice-president, Mrs. D. M. * 
Callis; second vice-president, Mrs. J. C. 
Springer; chaperone, Mrs. George Hebert 

The past year has been a most prosper- 
ous one, a review indicating that an aver- 
age of thirteen were in attendance at 
meetings and an increase in membership 
recorded during the year. 

Notes From Grand Secretary. 

Reports from the secretaries of our 
various locals show continued Uiterest in 
our work. 

Mrs. Cl^ra L. Aitkin, secretary of Local 
No. 44, reports all of her members in 
good standhig. 

Mrs. Lulu Challis, secretary of Local 
No. 49, one of our new locals has her 
members interested in adding new ones 
to the rolls. 

Mrs. F. E. Walters, secretary of Local 
No. 53, has been quite ill, but is reported 
as improving daily. 

Mrs. Florence P. Pierce, who served us 
faithfully for many years as Grand Sec- 
retary and Treasurer, and who was very 
ill, is now on the road to recovery. 

No word from local No. 116 for some 
time, and others whom we would be 
pleased to hear from. 

Remittances in payment of dues and all 
new applications for membership should 
be sent the Grand Secretary and Treas- 
urer, Clara J. Brady, 91 Wood Street, 
Providence, R. L Should any member fail 
to receive a notice, we trust it will not 
deter her from inaking a remittance for 
the amount due, for which a receipt will 
be promptly mailed. 



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A Maiden as of Yore. 

Backward, turn backward, O time in thy 

flight 
"Give us a maiden with skirts not so tight, 
Give us a girl whose charms, many or few, 
) Are not expressed by much peek-a-boo. 
Oive us a maiden, no matter what age, 
"Who won't use the street for a vaudeville 

stage; 
Oive us a girl not so shapely in view. 
Dress her in skirts that the sun won't shine 

through. 
Then give us the dances pf days long gone by. 
With plenty of clothes and skirts not so high, 
And turkey trot capers and butter milk 

glides, 
Hurdy gurdy twists and wiggle tail slides ; 
Then let us feast our tired optics once more 
On a genuine woman as sweet as of yore. 
Yes, time, please turn backward and grrant 

our request. 
For God's richest blessing, but not one un- 
dressed. 

Cert. 593, Div. 24. 



My Mottoes. 

Upon the walls of my small room, 
My mother placed some texts for me, 

That I might practice what they taught, 
And store them in my memory. 

Suppose I chance to tear by frock — 
I mend at once with stitches fine ; 

For there, hung just beneath the clock, 
I see : *'A stitch in time saves nine." 

And if I'm vexed at Brother Ben, 
And feel like scolding a blue streak. 

This small line comes before me then: 
"When angry, count ten ere you speak." 

When tasks are hard, and I would fain 

Declare to try again I shan't, 
I always must begin again. 

For : "There is no such word as can't." 

And when I've many things to do, 
And feel discouraged and perplexed, 

I find it easier to wade through, 
If I just "Do the next thing next." 

But this one is my favorite, 

Though just a simple little rhyme : 

"You'd bettei- be too soon and wait, 
Than be one moment after time." 

— Ida M. Kier. 



The Main Chance. 

Cut down the laborer's wage, raise up the 

rent if yo» can. 
Hire a cheap child if there's ever a chance, 

• for a child works for less than a man. 
Make weary slaves of the children, give them 

no leisure to play, ^ 

Doubtless they'd waste all the time that they 

had and it wouldn't help business to pay. 
All of this agitation is verily bosh and trash. 
The mothers don't count and the babies don't 

count — there's nothing counts but cash. 
What of the girl who struggles, what of the 
% girl who falls? 
None of your business, of course, we know; 

but somehow her fate appalls 
And the little wraith-like children, who toil 

in the roaring mills. 
None of our business, of course, you say — 

and Iver the toiling kills. 
But one must have an income and wonderful 

gems to flash. 
The mothers don't count and the babies don't 

count — there's nothing counts but cash. 
What of the crowded houses, what of /be 

fetid slum? 
W'hat of the reeking courts 'and sinks where 

the great white scourge will come? 
Wliat of the cWldren torn there, with ne%'er 

a chance that's fair, 
WTio die or grow to r half-starved life in the 

poisoned tenement air? 
Oh, let us be calm and patient, and let us do 

nothing rash. 
The mothers don't count and the babies don't 

count — there's nothing counts but cash I 
— Berton BRAI.EY. in La Follette'a. 



Only a Number. 

Eager and trembling he stands there. 
His forceful face all aglow, 
liestlessly waiting the signal. 
The silent order to go. 

Forward it seems he is leaning. 
His arteries throbbing so loud. 
Never a racer so haughty. 
Never a runner so proud. 

Powerful, fleet and trustworthy. 
Quite fearless of mishap or foe. 
Pacer of time and of a winner, 
Seems praying only to go. 

Lantemis swing high in the background, 

Now for a test of his speed. 

Noisily piercing the darkness. 

He hastens, our man-made steed. 

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Different. 
"He drives his car 10 hours a day." 
"A nut, eh?" 

"Oh. no. He's a motorman." — Minne- 
apolis Journal. 



And Doesn't Pass On. 

Worrow: How are we to meet the 
high cost of living?" 

Mason: You don't have to meet it. It 
overtakes you. — London Anstoers. 



New Mission is Alluring. 

Minister: Would you care to join us 
in the new missionary movement? 

Miss Ala Mode: Tm crazy to try it. 
Is it anything like the' lox trot?— 
Chaparral. 



You'd Never Know It. 

Golfer (apologetically to caddie): 
Missed again! 6hows I'm out of prac- 
tice, eh? 

Caddie: Oh, you've played before then? 
—Cincinnati Enquirer. 



In These Days. 

"I notice you never forget the organ 
grinder?" 

"A monkey is about the only one left 
who will accept a penny." — Louisville 
Conrier-Joumal, 



HI Ha! 

Knicker — My wife sure got stung on a 
deal several days ago. 

Booker— What's the joke? 

Knicker — She wrote for a book "How 
to Get In the Movies," and the answer 
was, "Pay a quarter and war tax." — 
Orand Rapids News. 



Mean Tempered. 
"Your teeth are in pretty bad shape," 
remarked the dentist 
'It Isn't their shape that bothers me," 
It's their disposition." 



Patience Rewarded. 

"There's a story in this paper of a 
woman that used a telephone for the first 
time in 82 years." 

"She must be on a party line." — Notre 
Dame Juggler. 



As It Seems. 

"What do you make of all these war 
taxes?" 

"I'm beginning to think when I went 
off to the war I must have told them to 
charge It to me." — American Legion 
Weekly. 



Time to Turn Loose. 

"We have a mummy in this museum," 
said the guide, "that has had some wheat 
in his hand since the days of the Phara- 
ohs." 

"Well," rejoined Mr. Dustin Stax, "I'd 
advise him not to hold on any longer. 
Wheafll never be any higher." 



And Recreation. 

Visiting Curate — Mandy, is it necessary 
for you to leave all these young children 
at home and go out to cook? 

Mandy — Yes, sir; the doctor says I 
needs a rest. — Detroit News. 



Inherited. 

Music Teacher — Your son is improving* 
but when he gets to the scales I have to 
watch him very closely." 

Mamma — That's just like his father. 
He made his money In the grocery busi- 
ness. — Washington Post. 



Forestalled. 

Tom — Rejected you, did she? My boy, 
you've got to be clever In the proposing 
game. You should have told her you were 
unworthy of her. 

Ned (lugubriously) — I was going to, 
but she told It to me first — Boston Tran- 
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AN APPRECIATION. 



If lives were measured by deeds in- 
stead of years, tlien the life of General 
ChairmiaiL Bode, who passed away at 
Chelsea, Mass., February 18th, was, in- 
deed, full of great deeds. For 25 years 
the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, es- 
pecially the members on the Boston and 
Maine Railroad, have had the benefit of 
them. 

Bom in North Andover, Mass., 48 
years ago, he learned telegraphy at an 
early age and entered the employ of the 
Boston and Maine Railroad, where, in ad- 
dition to his duties to his employers, he 
devoted every minute of his spare time 
to the advancement of the Order and the 
betterment of its memibers. 

Dating from 1896, whwi the Order was 
re-establishing itself in New England, 
after the relinquishment of the charters 
of the Old Bay State Division No. 65 In 
1892, and other Divisions in New Eng- 
land, his struggles against great odds 
will never be fully known. From 1896 to 
1900, his way was indeed hard, but he 
never faltered. 

The arrival of Vice-President Pierson 
in New England during 1900 was an en- 
couragement and a source of relief to 
him. Through his efforts, aided by the 
counsel of Vice-President Pierson, the 
first schedule was made with the Boston 
and Maine officials in 1904. 

Contending against the opposition of 
railroad offl.cials, and too often handi- 
capped by the lack of encouragement 
from the men along the road, the latter 
being a greater source of worry to him 
than the railroad officials, he fought every 
step of the way. In 1916, he had secured 
for the members on the Boston and Maine 
Railroad one of the best schedules in 
effect, ranking second in the Uiiited 
States in rates paid to the members of 
our craft. 



The results were accomplished by his 
dogged perseverance and strict integrity 
in dealing with the men and with the rail- 
road officials with whom he came in con- 
tact. If one of our members erred, 
Brother Bode was the first to show him 
the error and the remedy. If a member 
was blameable in a grievance case, 
Brother Bode was the first to tell him so 
and point in no uncertain terms where he 
was wrong, but if the railroad officials 
tried to "put one over," so to speak, then 
his sense of fair play was aroused, and 
he would fight the case to the last ditoh« 
if necessary, to secure Justice. The of- 
ficials knew his honesty and respected 
him. His brother members had every 
faith in him and in his Judgment, and the 
officers of the organization knew and 
were satisfied in the knowledge that the 
organization was safe on the Boston and 
Maine as long as Joe Bode was at the 
helm. 

Faithful, honest and conscientious to a 
fault, generous toward the failings of his 
fellowmen. General Chairman Bode was a 
man whom anyone might be proud to 
take by the hand and call friend. 

He had been ailing for some time and 
his suffering at times was acute, but he 
bore it with resignation and worked as 
long as he possibly could. He was final- 
ly obliged to relinquish the duties to his 
Assistan^t General Chairman. 

Death has written "Finis" to the envia- 
ble record of the oldest General Chair- 
man in point of service in the United 
States. 

General Chairman Bode was buried at 
Lawrence, Mass., Monday, February 21st, 
with all the honors that oould be given 
one loved so well. 

The active pallbearers were Vice-Presi- 
dent Pierson and General Conunltteemen 
Clifton, Potter, Wilson, McGrath and 
Graham. A large delegation of members 
headed by General Chairman Johnson of 

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Che Delaware and Hadeon acted as hon- 
orary pallbearers. 

In the famfly lot, covered by a'multi' 
tade of floral offerings, was laid the tired 
body of one of the braveet and truest 
men and one of the most tireless work- 
ers the Order hAs ever known. 

May he rest in peace. 

T, J. FOGABTY, 

Cert. 31, B. & M. System, Div. 41. 



HIRE AN EDITOR. 



Before entering into any discussion at 
all cm this subject, I desire to make it 
plain to the reader, and those who dis- 
play an unusual talent for misunder- 
standing the purpose if not the entire 
language of most compositions, that this 
article has not been written with any in- 
tention of promoting the schemes for 
personal benefit of any clique of friends 
distinct from the rest of the organizar 
Uon. Neither has it reference to the 
conduct or abUity of any officer of the 
Order, past or present, nor does it pertaih 
to tke discharge of any individual now 
employed on the magazine, nor the abol- 
ishment of the magazine or any section 
thereof. Certainly this makes reasonably 
plain eyenrthing this matter has no refea> 
ence to, and I do not want to be referred 
to any of those subjects by persons con- 
testinjr the opinions set forth below» 
which I hope skall assist the membership 
in properly answering the following 
question: 

'Does, in your Judgment, the size and 
importance of Thb Rajiboad Teleqbaphxb 
appear of the magnitude that would 
make the professional seryices of an ex- 
pert Journalist a good investment?" 

There is only one rule connected with 
the question. "It must be understood by 
all oonoemed that there is not now, nor 
shall there be, any reflection against the 
ability of any individual. Expression of 
opinion must be conflned either to the 
SUPPORT OR TO THB OPPOSITION 
OP THB QUESTION, and 'sore heads' 
are ruled out of order." 

In presenting my views favoring the 
creation of an Editor's position separate 
from that of any other ofllce, I have tried 



to be as considerate of all angles of the 
situation as my knowledge permitted. 
There is, however, a financial effect con- 
neoted tp any action taken by the memr 
bership. The efiteot of whatever course 
seems advisable must be taken into con- 
sideration and reasoned out — NOT 
JUMPED AT. These points appear as 
self-evident truths, and should be contin- 
ually retained in the mind throughout the 
entire discussion. 

When a body of men invest capital in 
a business enterprise they inevitably 
choose as the head of the entire business, 
and as the heads of the various depart- 
ments, men thoroughly familiar with the 
work. It should be understood that while 
we may understand the aches and pains 
of the telegraph profession and all that 
it includes, we are not Journalists by 
trade, regardless of the fact that we pos- 
sess enough intelligence to indicate some 
things by printers' ink. What limit 
would you like to set for the magazine if 
the present personnel were strengthened 
by the addition of an editor of high abil- 
ity in the position to devote his entire at 
tention to this one field? 

The custom has been to extend to the 
magazine for editorial purposes one desk 
in the comer of a large room with a soli- 
tary editor to edit the Fraternal Depart- 
ment To the average member this may 
not appear of any significance, because 
of the lack of any knowledge regarding 
the organization of a periodical with a 
circulation of seventy thousand copies. 
But every newspaper of consequence, or 
magazine similar to the size of ours, 
maintains what is known as the 
"Morgue," wherein clippings from all im- 
portant publications are retained on file 
-for future reference, under the personal 
supervision of an expert in that line. This 
feature comprises one of the most im- 
portant branches of the publishing busi- 
ness because of the fact that most every- 
thing happening today has a bearing on 
something that occurred yesterday. How- 
ever, there are other things of importance 
which comprise the workshop of a first- 
class Journal. 

The periodical publishing business to- 
day represents the most thorough depart- 

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nient of intelligence the world is able to 
conceive. Certain methods of operation 
have been perfected and recognized as 
standard according to variety of work 
performed by the publishersw If a Journal 
enters into illustrations or photographic 
art, one is certain to find among the 
editorial staff an Art Editor. Telegrams 
are delivered to the Telegraph Editor, 
and, in event it happens to be a newspa- 
per, all city news is covered by a City 
Editor, with the entire organization un- 
der the supervision of the Managing 
Editor. Should the news include some- 
thing that took place in Paris or Hong 
Kong a month or two years before, they 
send the office boy or printer's devil down 
to the "Morgue" and the corpse is hauled 
out Get the drift? The entire thin^r is 
a game of words, instead of box cars, en- 
gines and meeting points. It is such sys- 
tems that we are bucking with one desk 
in the corner of a room. The side we are 
fighting against is equipped, not only 
with one perfected system of inteHi^ence 
for the distributing of their propaganda 
of claims and charges against the people, 
but with numerous departments in charge 
of experienced Journalists. Their bureau 
of statistics is so up to date that, regard- 
less of the right or wrong of any ques- 
tion, they possess the ability to present 
things In such a light that by the time 
we catch up with them, the public is no 
longer interested in the subject, and, 
while Rome bums, we insist upon play- 
ing Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down to the 
tune of a fiddle by filling columns of the 
magazine with small talk about "Humipy 
O'Dugan stumbling over a blacl^ cat in 
the freight house." We call such matter 
"Pratemal." 

However, whatever policy would be de- 
cided upon with regard to the small con- 
versation, there is no need for stran- 
gling both the magazine and the Presi- 
dent or Grand Secretary by expecting 
either to perform the duties of an editor 
in addition to the other things expected 
of them, and simultaneously do Justice to 
both positions. Editors are instructed to 
write and require others to write accord- 
ing to the policy of the paper or ma^a^ 
zine, and not as their individual tastes 



would dictate. It is consequently imposr 
sible to jud^e an editor by the concern 
with which he is connected. The sug- 
gestion is offered in this connection that 
the President be authorized to secure the 
sorvices of the most capable man for the 
positiCMi of Managing E3ditor, and give 
bim the freedom of electing to his staff 
such members of the organization as he 
finds will qualify in ability for the work 
to be done. To go outside of the member- 
ship for a Managing Editor may be a 
positive necessity, if we are to secure a 
professional man capable of combating 
the so-called "American Plan" now in 
progress. A oonsid^^ble subscription 
list separate from the membership might 
be thus developed. 

The Wee Jig. 



WANTED: A UNION DAILY PRESS. 



I believe the first dozen and a half 
pages of the February Telegrapher are 
worth more to the movement than tht 
rest of the magazine. The fraternal news 
items are o. k., and enjoyed by mos^^l 
of us, but I firmly believe we can make 
better use of the Journal by carrying a 
general review of the world's current la- 
bor activities and news. 

I would rather pay more towards the 
support of our Journal to make it abso- 
lutely independent of any and all adver- 
tisers. To make it a real, live union pa- 
per, regardless of any one's personal feel- • 
ings in the matter. The February nunir 
ber contains much food for thought The 
issues of the day are finely ^rtrayed, 
leaving no room for doubt as to what we 
are up against. If we scatter our numer 
ical forces and strength on the battle 
front we will go down in defeat 

The bosses already have the chains of 
slavery forged awaiting the opportune 
time to slip them on us. It is a lamenta- 
ble fact that out of thousands of men in 
our Organizations we have so few sub- 
scribing for our labor paper. 

A shameful neglect of interest is mani- 
fested on all sides when the great ma- 
jority of workers refuse to read or sup- 
p(H*t a weekly labor paper that stands oat 
distinctly for their welfare. 



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According to our organized strengtli we 
should own and control several of the 
largest daily papers in this country. I 
ha?e thought many times that our last 
resort will be to appeal to the workers 
through large billboard bulletins in our 
industrial centers, displaying the latest 
union argument in large cartoon effects. 

Thousands who never look at their 
journal will take a squint at our com- 
munity billboard, and will in this way 
have their understanding of our problems t 
hroadened a bit. 

I would be in favor of abolishing all of 
our craft journals if we would centralize 
our efforts and money in Labor. Make 
it a big, live daily. There is no reason 
in the world why this cannot be done. 
It can and must be done if we are to 
hold our ground in the coming battle 
with "Copper, Steel and Oil." 

I ofttimes am puzzled as to how we 
have stOQ^ our ground in the face of the 
misrepresenting of us in the foulest man- 
ner and method by nearly all publica- 
tions. If we are to survive we must get 
the truth before the public, which has 
been led to believe we are all over-paid 
outlaws, and responsible for the high cost 
of living and numerous other evils with 
which the public is afflicted. Brothers, 
you know this as a fact right in your own 
community. You can hear your own mer- 
chant in his daily discordant tirade on 
unionism while he wraps up your pur- 
chase at three prices. 

1 use the word •'discord*' in its fullest 
sense, as the merchants I have heard dis- 
cussing unionjsm were badly out of har- 
mony and tune. 

Deep down in their hearts they are 
avowedly against any form of collective 
bargaining In labor's ranks. In fact they 
secretly long for a return of the day 
wherein they can circulate a petition to 
get the agent's job. It is not so many 
years ago that an agent who refused to 
let the merchant have his freight with- 
out first paying the freight charges was 
later removed because a petition, a block 
long, had been signed by the small town 
worthies. 

By any and all means we must secure 
a "Union Daily Press" to offset the un- 



dermining of this nation by tho labor- 
hating lawyers we voted into Congrese to 
make laws which bind us hand and foot. 

Lawyers may be all right in some re- 
spects, but I am decidedly against send- 
ing them to make our laws year after 
year as we have done. A good many of 
our so-called statesmen who are spoken 
of as brilliant are as a matter of fact 
just plain, crafty, cunning and ordinary 
mortals with a pull and a gift of gab. 

Our attorneys today have a pretty soft 
snap in the Legislature molding laws 
full of technical tangles for their hungry 
brother lawyers at home to decipher at 
exorbitant fees. 

For example, our Supreme Court, the 
highest authority on law, cannot agree as 
to the meaning of our laws, and what 
can be expected of the ordinary layman's 
understanding. 

An old philosopher once said: "If wise 
n.en made our laws, we would have few 
law^." 

Cert. 2596, DIv. 23. 



THE TELEPHONE QUESTION. 



At the last regular session of our Grand 
Division an agreement was entered into 
with the Order of Railway Conductors 
(it being in session at the time we were) 
that they would cease usii^g the telephone 
for train movements except in cases of 
DIKE emergency, which has been inter- 
preted to mean "personal Injury or 
wreck." 

As soon as this agreement was made it 
automatically became the duty of all com- 
mittees of both organizations to see that 
the agreement was adhered to, and to 
our committees it became an imperative 
duty to enforce the agreement 

I am of the opinion that the majority 
of roads have put the agreement into ef- 
fect, tut the writer has knowledge of 
some roads that have not done so, and 
since I was a member of the committee 
to make the agreement with the O. R. C, 
I feel it my duty to bring the matter to 
your attention, through the regularly 
elected delegates, and suggest that all 
committees who have not put the agree- 
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coming session of the Grand Divisloii, 
stating reasons why it has not been done. 

J. V. MiTCHSLL. 



NO WAGE REDUCTIONS. 



In reading the news items these days 
we note there is a lot of agitation and 
talk on the paA of railroad officials to, 
reduce the present wage schedule. Wages 
were Uie very last to go up, then why 
should they be the first to go down? In 
Canada the high cost of living hasn't 
gone down. Unless the present wage 
schedule can be maintained we wiU find 
ourselTes in the hole and not near as 
well off as we were before the war. 

Let us be firm in this matter. No wage 
cuttinf: until a substantial decrease is 
shown in the present high cost of living, 
and then only after we have paid off the 
debts incurred when prices went on the 
rampage. 

Cbbt. 505. Div. 7. 



A REMINDER. 



respective roads as they are chec^Lins ns 
up for eflSciency, etc., and if I can read 
the signs these will be turned on us 
when the companies try to reduce our 
pay, which they evldwitly will try to do 
in a few .months. 

Our only motto should be, ^-Cloee rap 
the ranks and stand firm as a rock" to 
withstand and combat the disaster of re- 
action. 

Ckbt. 1703, Div. 54, 



CO-OPERATIVE BANKS. 



On page 149, February, 1921, Railboao 
Teleorapheb, appears an article written 
by "an old timer," which should be read 
by all members, and especJaly the young- 
er class, as I think it fully states the 
present position of "Labor'' and especial- 
ly our organization. 

I feel that we should all stand firm in 
anything within reason, but, on the other 
hand, th^e is no room for radicalism at 
this date, as we are passing into an abyss, 
the end of which we do not know and can- 
not foresee. 

I can say with pride that, although 
youpg in years, I have seen our noble 
Order grow from less than 10,000 mem- 
bers to the present time, and haven't as 
yet noted any "lUedicalism" or any kind 
of "isms" except UNIONISM, and I think 
as "old timer" states, we must watch our 
steps and be careful to do nothing rash 
as the happenings in the last few months 
by officials and others makes it impera- 
tive for all good members te let nothing 
mar their standing or that of the Order. 

Members should live up to the letter of 
their schedules and also the rules of their 



The article in the February TEajco- 
RAPHiflB pertaining to the Bank of the B. 
of L. B. interests me very much. This, 
however, is the first and only notice I 
have seen regarding such an institution 
and I am as yet ignorant of its charter, 
working conditions, etc. 

I have devoted considerable thought to 
thfs subject prior to reading the article 
mentioned, and I have wondered much 
why the thousands of telegraphers must 
go on pay day to some bank where they 
are not known and be told, "We don't 
know you. Tou must be vouched for," or 
"Deposit your check and come back in 
five days, by that time we wHl know 
whether or not it is good," iand when 
finally they decide to cash it be charged 
15 to 25 cents for the "favor." All these 
experiences have been mine. We can 
easily capitalize a bank. Why not do it 
now? 

Although I can establish an absolut^y 
dear record as to honesty, sobriety and 
industry, I cannot borrow money from a 
bank on those attributes, to buy or build 
a home. I am 50 years of age. I want a 
homa I want it now. My age and phys- 
ical condition prevents my entering any 
of the railroad relief departments. 

Why not have our own bank and use 
our own collective capital to provide 
homes before we die. Have other mem- 
bers ideas along this line? Are they prac- 
tical, working ideas? Are they ready to 
put them into effect? 

I want no charity. What I want is a 
chance to help myselt 

Cert. 313, Div. 33. 



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SOME PERTINENT QUESTIONS. 



To think oarries a penalty witji it, for 
the thinker is seldom a contented per- 
son when he sees Truth strangled, False- 
hood exalted, and' Hypocrisy exposed in 
all its nakedness. 

Why can we have laws that will drive 
protesting workers back to their Jobs, 
and no laws that will drive jobs bcu^k to 
willing workers? 

Why do we yell ourselves hoarse ex- 
horting the workers to "produce more" 
and then in a few short months find that 
they have produced so . much that they 
have produced themselves out of a Job? 

In a world and nation wliere want 
stalks abroad and workers: are appealing 
for the opportunity to satisfy that want. 
What stands between?^ 

We bought "Uberty Bonds" to make 
the world a safe place to live in, only to 
realize thi^t it was made a safe place to 
starve in. 

iDllions of workers lie beneath the 
sod. They died to "Safe Democracy." If 
the present conditions of industrial tyran- 
ny is a sample of democracy, don't you 
tMnk it is a pity it was saved? 

The last refuge of scoundrels is to hide 
behind whatever the unthinking people 
pay a blind homage to and accept with- 
out investigation. 

The last attempt to appropriate the 
"Sacrifice of Calvary" and "Tears of 
Qethsemane" as an apology for steel and 
oil trusts missed fire, thanks to a few 
noble men who still place their concep- 
tion of "God above Garyism." 

"Americanism" is Juggled to mean con- 
tentment under "Dollar Tyranny." The 
real American is one who realizes his 
ooontry is not perfect, and contributes 
his effort to reduce imperfection to a 
minimum!. 

"The Press" is still a pliant institution 
in the hands of "Big Business." The pub- 
licity agent is working overtime, and 
propaganda is blindly accepted as news. 
Every time you buy a paper you purchase 
JQst 80 much mental poison, but there 
are signs of rebellion even there. Moral: 
Support your own "Press." Subscribe 
for •T.ABOR.- 



We have It dinned into our ears, "Take 
away the incentive for gain and you 
wreck business." When the same is prac- 
ticed by workingmen we are tartly in- 
formed, "That will wreck our induBtrial 
order." This is funny, is it not? 

All the power of organized government 
stands behind the right of dollars to or- 
ganize, and the dame power is used to 
deny the right of workers to do the same 
thing. Witness the late steel workers' at- 
tempt 

Why do retail merchants Join the 
Chamber of Commerce and parrot the 
oomdemnation of "Organized Labor"? 
BiVery dollar the worker gets finds its 
final resting place in the merchant's 
cash register, and still he considers "Or- 
ganized workers" his enemy. Why? 

Why is an agitator in business exfdted 
and styled a benefactor, and an agitator 
in labor considered a criminal? 

Mack. 



AN APPEAL TO YOUR REASON. 



The Railboad Telegbapheb of February 
1921, contained thirty pages which were 
of Interest to all members and eighty-five 
pages of fraternal items. Of the latter, 
how many were of Interest to YOU? Of 
the thousand or more items in those 
pages, how many do you consider worthy 
of space in a publication which is the 
oflicial organ of a union comprising ap- 
proximately eighty thousand members? 

Such matter as now appears under the 
"Fraternal" caption may have been of 
vital interest when the organization was 
in its infancy. The writer believes that 
we have outgrown that interest, as we 
have outgrown our interest in school-day 
publications, which were once of im- 
portance. 

If fraternal items from any road are 
of value to the membership on that road 
alone (and the fact is hereby acknowl- 
edged) why not publish them separately 
for those concerned. If a member on any 
road is interested in the local news of 
other roads let him have his name placed 
on their mailing list. 

Cebt. 177, Div. 61. 
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REMINISCENCES OF A STATION 
AGENT. 



In these times of so-called readjust- 
ment, with the railroads advocating the 
abolition of our national agreements, I re- 
call vividly some of the struggles, efforts 
and hardships endured by the older men 
in reaching some of our agreements. 

Few people realize or understand the 
important part played by the railroad 
telegraphers and station agents in the ad- 
vancement and progress of the railroads 
and civilization in general. 

After three years as a telegrapher I 
was made agent at a small town in South- 
em Illinois. The town consisted of a 
post office and a few stores and houses 
in the midst of a cypress swamp. The 
bull frogs sang loud enough to wake the 
natives of Europe. But the surrounding 
land was very fertile and was soon devel- 
oped, and the town became prosperous. 
The agent's work increased until it was 
more than one man could do properly, 
but nevertheless I was required to do it 
without assistance. 

In those days there were no banks and 
no money safes sufficient to protect the 
funds and valuables of the company. We 
carried them around in our pockets until 
such time as we could remit or dispose of 
them. 

I have stayed awake many nights in 
fear of being murdered for the few hun- 
dred dollars I had under my pillow for 
safekeeping until Monday morning. 

One Saturday evening I received by ex- 
press one thousand dollars for a govern- 
ment mule buyer. The next day I accom- 
j)anied my wife to an old-fashioned 
basket picnic Before going I / hid the 
package of money for safekeeping; then 
forgot where I had hidden it. I worried 
until my looks must have betrayed me to 
my wife and she demanded to know what 
was wrong. I confessed that I had lost a 
thousand dollars. She said: "Was it the 
package you hid in the parlor last Sun- 
day?" I found It safe enough. 

Many thrilling experiences and difficul- 
ties were the lot of the old timers back 



in the eighties and nineties, but some of 
the boys think we older men are ba<^ 
numbers and fogy, and not capable of ap- 
preciating this fast age. Let me say to 
the youngsters by way of encouragement: 
"Boys, stick to the old O. R. T. Don't get 
careless about paying your dues. Rse- 
member that your future depends on this 
important duty. Write your local chair- 
man and secretary often. Encourage 
them and let them know of your loyalty 
and sympathy. Let us remember how 
some of we older men have left our 
homes and families to ride freight trains 
and engine cabs in all kinds of weather 
just to attend our meetings,, to find only a 
handful of faithful men present. These 
men were determined to maintain the 
organization which is responsible for the 
benefits you receive. In those day^ it 
was worth their job to be suspected of 
carrying an O. R. T. card." 

Cebt. 191, Dlv. 3. 



HALF-CENTURY AS TELEGRAPHER. 



George M. Smith, of Sanbomville, N. H., 
a member of Boston & Maine R. R. Sys., 
Dlv. 41, has the enviable distinction of 
a service of half a century in railroad 
telegraphy, from January, 1871, to Jan- 
uary, 1921. 

Bom in Hillsboro, N. H., in 1851, he 
received his education in the district and 
high schools of Hartland, Vt, and later 
went to Windsor, Vt., where in the rail- 
road telegraph office he became an oper- 
ator and accepted his first position in 
January, 1871, at the age of 19, at Woods- 
ville, N. H., on the old Boston. Concord 
& Montreal Road. 

October, 1872, he entered the employ 
of the Connecticut & Passumpsic as 
freight clerk at White River Junction. 
In 1874 he went to West Ossipee (now 
Mt Whittier), where he was agent for 
the Eastern Railroad (now the Boston & 
Maine) for eight years. 

In 1882 he entered the railroad dis^ 
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he filled until the summer of 1884, when 
he removed to Wolfeboro Junction (now 
SanbomviUe), to take the office of diB- 
patcher for the Conway Division of the 
Eastern Railroad, the first dispatcher on 
the line, the work having previously been 
done from the Boston office. 

For 26 years he was dispatcher on the 
Northern Division of the Boston & 
Maine, and for seven years he did dis- 
patching at the Sanbornville office after 
the Northern Division was abolished in 
1903. As a distinct honor this veteran 
of the key during this time was empow- 
ered to issue orders without the signature 
of superior officers. 

Mr. Smith has now entered his 61st 
year of operating service, during which 
time there has been no accident trace- 
able to him. 

Mr. Smith has in all these 60 years had 
but one real vacation, all the others hav- 
ing been necessary absences from his 
poet by reason of illness or on account 
of death in the family. 

Cbbt. 460, Div. 41. 



LACK OF INTEREST. 



do as we like, we are ready to growl, 
complain and criticise. The thing to do 
is brace up and be among the players. 
No matter how good the pitcher, he needs 
support. Our local chairman can't do It 
all. The greatest generals would be en- 
tirely helpless without their armies. I 
remember seeing this quotation, "What 
•would this church be if every member 
was just like me?" Now, what would 
this division be? We would not have 
an Order if it were not for a few hard- 
working, conscientious brothers, who 
keep struggling onward. Boys, let me 
impress on your minds that they can 
never produce effective results without 
co-operation and interest from the mem- 
bers. Let us all attend the meetings — 
"Snap out of it" and put some pep into 
the O. R. T. It's time to be up and doing. 
The railroads are asking for a reduction 
in wages. Are you interested in your fu- 
ture salary?- Then be interested in the 
O. R. T. Keep yourself UP TO DATE 
and join the force of workers. 

To build a house we start from the 
foundation. Interest and enthusiasm is 
the foundation of success — and we want 
success. 

Cebt. 1440, Div. 28. 



As a member of the Order for several 
years, I naturally feel interested in the 
improvement of the organization as well 
as the welfare of its members. Eiach 
month I read with a great deal of inter- 
est the timely discussions and many help- 
ful suggestions offered by the members 
through these columns, I feel that I, too, 
would like to say a few words regarding 
a subject which seems of vital im- 
portance: The lack of Interest shown 
by many of us. 

I refer particularly to .my home divi- 
sion, and I hope all of the boys will read 
what I have to say. I believe, however, 
this slackness extends over the entire 
country, as Fve noticed it on other roads 
as weli 

Too many of us sit back and expect 
'^George to do iV Then when he doesn't 



NO COMPENSATION FOR LOCAL 
CHAIRMEN. 



In the last Telborapheb I note that 
some Brother who signs as Local Chair- 
man, is opposed to placing "Local Chair- 
men" on a salary. He voices my views 
in toto. On most roads the local chair- 
man is out nothing when he Is out on 
the line in interest of the Order. His sal- 
ary is paid by the Order, also legitimate 
expenses. In view of this fact, why 
should he recefve additional remunera- 
tion. I have acted in that capacity n^- 
self and received naught for my services. 
The fact of the confidence imposed in me 
by the membership was an honorary one 
and I was glad to do all I could for the 
boys. 

An ex-Local Chaibmait. 



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on or before the 20th day of the month. 



St Louis, Mo., Div. 2. 

At the regular meetinfir of this division, 

held February 2l8t, 1921, the ballots for 

Local Board of Adjustment were counted, 

and resulted in the election of the following : 

Toledo, 8t. Louia d Western Ry. 

St. Louis Dlst., E. W. Ewhig, Neoga, 111.; 
Toledo Dist., H. S. Walters, Marion, Ind. 
Chicago, Peoria d St, Louie Ry. 

St Louis Dist, W. W. Harris, Medora, 
IlL ; Peoria Dist, H. C. LeMaster, Bath, 111. 
Mieeiaeippi River and Bonne Terre d St. 
Francois Ry. 

Ora Blankenship, Desloge, Mo.; W. H. 
Grieshaber, Blvins, Mo. ; P. E. Thleeen, Her- 
culaneum. Mo. 

The following were elected officers of the 
local for ensuing term: Chief telegrapher, 
L. W. Quick; secretary and treasurer, R. J: 
McElhinney; first vice chief telegrapher, 
Will C. Long; second vice chief telegrapher, 
R. H. James. 

Mr. John Roberts and family wish to 
thank the operators of the C. P. & St. L. for 
the kindness shown them and the beautiful 
floral offering upon the death of their son. 

Cmit. 27. 



Springl'leld, Mass., Div. 38. 
B. d A. R. R., Main Line — 

Regular monthly meeting held Feb. 19th 
with .42 members present, a few more than 
the average^ but still short of the number 
who should make it their duty to attend and 
obtain news of the doings of the division 
first-hand, and not lay in wait for some 
brother who was present to learn what was 
transacted at the meeting. 

Result of election returned Bros. Walsh 
and Bergen for delegates at our next con- 
vention, with Bros. Sanford and Archer as 
alternates. No opposition for local chair- 
men, so Bro. Walsh for Albany Division and 
Bro. Bergen for Boston Division will do the 
laborious work for ensuing term. For local 
officers the present incumbents were re- 
elected without any formal vote, the mem- 
bers realizing it would be some difficult task 
to place as good material in the chairs. For 
steady attendance and having the interest 
of the Order at heart, I doubt if there is a 
division that can boast of a more efficient 
and capable chief telegrapher than the one 
possessed by this division, and the fact that 



the present term will make his ninth consecu- 
tive one in office needs no further comm^it 
on my part to show how he is' esteemed by 
his fellow members. 

Several operators have been forced to 
bump owing to their positions being: abol- 
ished ; j^osselle at BondsviUe was displaced 
by Bro. Barry. Simmonds, State Line, will 
not displace anyone, preferring to go on the 
extra list and catch available worlc 

The crossing men at Becket were discon- 
tinued as such and wires placed in a new 
cabin, creating three new positions, calling 
for gatemen and operators. Bros. Trom- 
blay, Keefe and Powers were the suocessful 
bidders. Since then Bro. Powers bid in third 
Tower 50, made vacant by Bro. Na^Ie bid- 
ding in third Westfield . Depot, vice Bro. 
Trombly, going to Becket Third Becket Is 
now the only position up for bid on the Al- 
bany Division. Bro. John Powers failed to 
get in the Boston Division notee this month, 
and the rest of the members on that division 
being too busy to do so, am imable to give 
the changes there. 

Local freights are now being doubled in 
and work trains abolished, making consid- 
erable changes among the train crews and 
putting some engineers back to firing. Owing 
to the new make-up of some of the passenger 
trains, whereby the Pullman cars are run 
on head end of train, several passenger 
trainmen have been displaced, the Pullman 
porters doing their work. When Pullman 
cars made up the rear, of a train it was nec- 
essary to maintain a fiagman to protect it 
Placing coaches in the rear saves a man on 
each train so constituted. ) 

Four more applications puts us so near 
the 300 mark that we can Just come within 
a narrow marerin of touching it Every 
member should be advised in some manner 
of the names of the few remaining nons, and 
each of us write them personally and swamp 
them with such a deluge of letters that they 
will come in without any further efforts 
being made. Agent Waterbury, at Chatham 
Center, received a nice simi for vacation not 
received in 1918, and has benefited from the 
improved conditions brought about by the 
O. R. T. for the past ten years, and Bztrm 
Rosselle have both been furnished blanks 
and I have their promise to Join, but that 
is not negotiable. Keep after them. 

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Agent Jackson, at Cordaville, goes on a 
pension shortly, makinsr the second agen